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* 2017 Scholarship Winners Announced!
Meet the scholarship recipients
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Robert White, IV, ARWA Energy Circuit Rider Importance of Work Orders, Robert White, IV, ARWA Energy Circuit Rider, Waterline, Summer, 2017. - Every once and awhile, the Alabama Rural Water Association gets a call from a system that has experienced a dramatic turnover of employees or decisionmakers and has fallen into an area of danger that might jeopardize system operations. - More -

* David BrooksDon’t Let Your Data Retire, David Brooks, Circuit Rider, ARWA Energy Circuit Rider, Waterline, Summer, 2017. - He was at the shop 15 minutes before anyone else every morning, mainly because he liked the coffee made his way and the truck warm before we left. He was always looking out the passenger window as we rode the system, always looking for leaks. He could tell you the story behind almost every repair he’d ever made on the system. - More -
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Using the Microscope, Mike Baumgartner, ARWA Wastewater Technician, Waterline, Summer, 2017. - One of the most important tools used in process control of an activated sludge plant is the microscope. Because microorganisms follow distinct patterns in all activated sludge systems, it is possible to determine the operating characteristics of various biological systems by performing microscopic exams. - More -

* 2017 AL/FL Training Conference
May 2017, Orange Beach, Alabama
Highlights of the Conference
* 2017 Water Taste Test Winners
The full story is online! --- WTT Results
* ARWA's 2017 Awards of Excellence
Read about those recognized for excellence at this year's ceremony. Winners
* 39th Annual Technical Training Conference!
March 2017, Mobile, Alabama
Highlights of the 2017 Conference...

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Past Articles of Interest

* SepticSmartSepticSmart Week 2016: Tools and Outreach
Webinar, Learn more in the flier, website on SepticSmart Week 2016 at: www.epa.gov/septic/septicsmart-week-2016
* ARWA's 2016 Awards of Excellence
Read about those recognized for excellence at this year's ceremony. Read the Waterline article...
* Best Tasting Water in Alabama - 2016 - The winner of the Alabama Rural Water Association’s 2016 Water Taste Test is the Mobile County Water, Sewer & FPA. The runner up is the West Etowah County Water Authority. Read the story...
* Rural Water Rally
February 2016, Washington DC
Highlights of the 2016 Rally
* ARWA receives the NRWA 2015 Outstanding Legislative Award - “Alabama is continuously visible in each Congressional District meeting with Members of Congress and supporting their fundraising efforts,” Fulgham said. “The Congressional delegation seeks their position on issues facing the Water Industry in Washington, D. C. and related to local issues.” -Read more.
 
* ALABAMA’S WATER PROS - ARWA 24th Annual Awards Program - On Wednesday of the Annual Technical Training Conference, ARWA recognized some of our best water and wastewater professionals. Read the story...
* Best Tasting Water in Alabama - 2015 - The winner of the Alabama Rural Water Association’s 2015 Water Taste Test is the West Etowah County Water Authority. The runner up is the City of Fairhope. Read the story...
* Rural Water Rally - Hundreds Gathered in Washington DC at the Rural Water Rally on February 10-12, 2015. Read the story (pdf)...
* Mike BaumgartnerOxygen and Utilization, By: Mike Baumgartner, ARWA Wastewater Technician, Waterline, Spring 2015. Dissolved oxygen or D.O. is a term we use in the wastewater business quite often. It is one of the big three parameters we control in order to have a successful process.
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ARWA wins the NRWA National Tribute to Member Service Excellence Award - The National Rural Water Association held its annual Tribute to Excellence awards ceremony as part of the WaterPro Conference on Monday, October 6, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. The Alabama Rural Water Association won the award for Outstanding Achievement in Member Services.

“Alabama represents 90% of the permitted water and wastewater systems in their State, and there is no scenario in which their member system’s operation or management cannot be improved through the use of a free and always available member services,” Watson said.

Read the NRWA story.

* ARWA - Better Prepared for the Next Emergency!
The ARWA takes very seriously our role in responding quickly to emergency situations that affect the water and wastewater utilities in this state.
Read the story... (pdf)
* Mike BaumgartnerLagoon p.H. "What is going on?", By: Mike Baumgartner, ARWA Wastewater Technician, Waterline, Summer 2014. Many lagoon operations experience problems shared by most operators in the field. One of those shared problems is algae growth.
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* Mike BaumgartnerImmunizations for Utility Personnel, By: Mike Baumgartner, ARWA Wastewater Technician, Waterline, Spring 2014. Lately, I have been asked about immunization or vaccination needs for wastewater operators. More.
* Alabama Hosts NRWA In-Service Training Conference -
June 16-19, 2014, Mobile, Alabama.
 
View the highlights of this training conference!

Conference Highlights (pdf)
* 2014 ARWA Annual Awards Program
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Freemanville Water System, Inc. wins the 2014 Alabama Water Taste Test!
Read the story...

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2014 Water Rally held February 9-14, 2014. A success!
Read the highlights and see the pictures.
 

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Alabama Recognized for Outstanding Achievement - At the 2009 National Rural Water Association conference in Louisville, Kentucky in October 2009, ARWA was recognized with awards in several categories. - More -

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Alabama's 2009 National Gold Medalist - Perdido Bay Water, Sewer, & FPD

2009 National Water Taste Test

  • Perdido Bay Water took home the gold for cleanest drinking water in the nation but said there was more to the competition than winning. - More -

Best Tasting Water in Alabama! - Perdido Bay Water, Sewer, & FPD

  • System Spotlight
  • Meet the winners of the National Water Taste Test! - More -
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ARWA Recognized For NRWA 2008 Leadership Awards at the National Convention, October 2008

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Protecting Alabama's Water (Summer 2008)
Highlights of recent Water Festivals

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Montevallo Dudley and Pedro Pendelton Fire Hydrant Trail
- article from the Summer 2008 Waterline

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Sampling Techniques
  by Bennie Bean, Wastewater Technician
- article from the Summer 2008 Waterline

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New Drought Resources page on our web site - We've added links to the latest information on drought.

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Municipal and Industrial Wastewater Treatment - 60 Years of Progress, By: Truman Green, Formerly of the Compliance Assistance Program, Permits and Services, ADEM
- article from the Spring 2008 Waterline

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2007 Salary Survey

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2006 Awards - ARWA Shines in the "Lone Star" State
Everyone appreciates receiving a word of thanks on occasion for a job well done. The Alabama Rural Water Association staff and Board of Directors had their opportunity on September 27th during the National Rural Water Association Annual Tribute to Excellence Awards Ceremony held in Dallas, Texas in conjunction with the Associations 30th Annual Conference.

  

  News Items
* Mike BaumgartnerImmunizations for Utility Personnel, By: Mike Baumgartner, ARWA Wastewater Technician, Waterline, Spring 2014. Lately, I have been asked about immunization or vaccination needs for wastewater operators. More.
* City of Fairhope Public Utilities wins the 2013 ARWA Water Taste Test Competition! Read More
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Mike BaumgartnerTOXICS = Microorganism Killer, By: Mike Baumgartner, ARWA Wastewater Technician, Waterline, Fall 2012. The introduction of toxics into a wastewater plant can have adverse effects on treatment efficiency. The toxics will inhibit the performance of the nitrifying bacteria or even "Kill-Off' the entire plant population. More.

* Water Education ARWA Style - The Alabama Rural Water Association Conducted Many Surface & Groundwater
Educational Demonstrations throughout 2012. View pictures (pdf).
* Rob White IVAn Emerging Maintenance Concern in the Water Industry, by Rob White IV, Circuit Rider #3, Waterline, Fall 2012. My travels have afforded me the opportunity to witness firsthand an amazing trend in the water systems of rural Alabama. More and more systems are replacing their manual read meters with more advanced radio read metering technologies. More.
* ARWA Receives 2012 National Recognition - At the national conference in Nashville, TN in September, ARWA brought home the Excellence in Technical Assistance Award. Read the Story
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Drought Emergency in Alabama - Are you Prepared? - Drought conditions throughout the State of Alabama are much better than during the historical drought of 2007, but now is not the time to let down your guard.

* Rob White IVHigh Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Pipe; A Brief Overview, by Rob White IV, Circuit Rider #3, Waterline, Summer 2012. HDPE pipe technology has been a staple of the gas industry for more than forty years, but the technology is fairly new to the water industry. When properly installed, HDPE pipe is nearly leak-proof and could last forever.
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Mike BaumgartnerThe Oxidation Ditch Process vs. Packaged Plant, By: Mike Baumgartner, ARWA Wastewater Technician, Waterline, Summer 2012. Treatment of wastewater using an oxidation ditch is relatively similar to wastewater treatment in a packaged plant. So what is the difference?

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water dropWest Etowah County Water Authority wins 2012 Water Taste Test - Best tasting water in Alabama! at the 2012 ARWA 34th Annual Technical Training Conference. Full Story...

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Kathy HorneKathy Horne Testifies before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a public hearing on February 28, 2012, in our nation's capitol city to hear testimony regarding "Local Government Perspectives on Water Infrastructure". Kathy Horne, Executive Director of the Alabama Rural Water Association was invited to participate by Senator Jeff Sessions, who is the Ranking Member of the Committee. Read the full story...
 

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ARWA StaffARWA Receives National Recognition - At the national conference in Louisville Ky in October, ARWA brought home the Excellence in Technical Assistance Award. Read the Story

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USDA Honors Rural Water for Disaster Response at national conference in October. Read the Story.

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$NEW MEMBER SERVICE - Revolving Loan Fund - The ARWA Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) provides financing to eligible utilities to finance short term costs incurred for equipment or other small capital projects. Learn More.

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mapNEW MEMBER SERVICE - Asset Management - Using "State of the Art" GPS Equipment and GIS Software, the ARWA can create a database inventory to make more accurate replacement cost projections, and to better manage your utility. Learn More

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Where are My Valves?, by Rob White IV, Circuit Rider #3, Waterline, Fall 2011

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Basic Principles of Activated Sludge, By: Mike Baumgartner, ARWA Wastewater Specialist, Waterline, Fall 2011
* Sludge Profiling a Lagoon, By: Mike Baumgartner, ARWA Wastewater Specialist, Waterline, Summer 2011
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Chilton County wins 2011 Water Taste Test
Best tasting water in Alabama!
Read the article from Spring 2011 issue of Waterline.

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Biological Phosphorus Removal, By: Mike Baumgartner, ARWA Wastewater Specialist, Waterline, Spring 2011

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Water University LogoWater University - Utility Management Certification - To provide recognition and certification for experience and educational achievements in the field of water and wastewater management. Learn more...

 

NEW MEMBER OPPORTUNITY - Offer Online Bill Pay to your Customers

You can add Online bill pay to the services offered to your customers. Learn More

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- You may be paying more for electrical costs than necessary!

Sign up for our NEW program offering an evaluation of your electrical costs through an electrical audit process.

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Fee-Based Training

  • Certification Courses - A program to meet both water and wastewater certification test preparation needs.
  • CEH Training. Customize a course at the location of your choice.

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