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This section contains information and links to resources to assist you in doing a better job of providing quality drinking water to your customers.

  • NRWA - National Rural Water Association

Alabama Resources

  • ADECA - Alabama Department of Economic and Community Development
    • OWR - Alabama Office of Water Resources at ADECA
  • ADEM - Alabama Department of Environmental Management
  • AEMA - Alabama Office of Emergency Management
  • GSA - Geological Survey of Alabama
    • CPYRWMA - Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority - Watershed Management Plan
  • RSA - The Retirement Systems of Alabama
  • SEIB - Alabama State Employees Insurance Board

Federal Resources

  • USDA-FSA - United States Department of Agriculture - Farm Services Agency
  • USDA-RD - United States Department of Agriculture - Rural Development
  • USDM - US Drought Monitor
  • USGS - US Geological Service

NRWA - National Rural Water Association

National Rural Water Association

National Rural Water Association
2915 South 13th Street
Duncan, OK 73533


Robert Johnson, CEO
Phone: 580-252-0629
Web: www.nrwa.org

NRWA Revolving Loan Fund
NRWA Revolving Loan Fund

now available to ARWA members.
 

NRWA Webinars
  A Training Resource
 

The NRWA website offers webinars on timely water and wastewater topics. To see current offerings, go to https://nrwa.webex.com/
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The National Rural Water Association is a non-profit federation of State Rural Water Associations. Our mission is to provide support services to our State Associations who have more than 30,000 water and wastewater systems as members.

Member state associations are supported by their water and wastewater utility membership and offer a variety of state specific programs, services, and member benefits. Additionally, each state association provides training programs and on-site assistance in areas of operation, maintenance, finance, and governance. Whether you need help developing a new rate schedule, setting up proper testing methods, maintaining or upgrading your operator license, or even understanding those ever-changing and complex governmental regulations, contact your state rural water association for available services and find out how membership can benefit you and your utility!

Our support for a clean and healthy environment is second to none. Our State Associations have historically trained over 100,000 water and wastewater system personnel a year for three decades and provided over 60,000 on-site technical assistance visits a year. Over 2600 ground water protection plans have been adopted by local communities, and another 2300 are in the process of being adopted. NRWA and its S/A's do more than just talk about a better environment - we make our dreams become reality. We know that regulations don't protect public health, people do.

NRWA Board of Directors

Comprised of an elected board member from each state association, NRWA's Board of Directors strives to improve the quality of utility services for rural Americans while protecting our natural resources. Meeting twice a year, the NRWA board helps determine the direction and positions of the association.

Asset Management Program

A unique program developed to provide industry related management, operations, regulatory and technical assistance to borrowers whose loans were sold in the 1987 FmHA loan sale.

Circuit Rider Technical Assistance Program

Managed by NRWA and operated by state rural water associations, this program provides on-site, hands-on assistance to rural and small community water and wastewater systems. In all 50 states, Circuit Riders and Wastewater Technicians assist and train these systems in all areas of management compliance, operation and maintenance.

Source Water & Ground Water Protection Programs

A specialized program providing on-site, hands-on assistance to rural and small community water systems in the design and implementation of ground water source water protection plans at the local level.

Technical Assistance & Training Program

A grassroots effort operated through NRWA affiliated state rural water associations. This program assists systems by combining formal classroom sessions with on-site follow-up in Safe Drinking Water Act compliance issues, health protection related to public-drinking water as well as managerial, financial and operational issues.

Wastewater Training & Technical Assistance Program

Designed to assist systems, this program focuses on combining formal classroom sessions with on-site follow-up in Clean Water Act compliance issues and health protection related to wastewater management and operational issues.

The mission of the National Rural Water Association is "to provide our state associations with support services to meet the needs of their membership."

For more information, check NRWA's web-site at: www.nrwa.org

ADECA - Alabama Dept of Economic and Community Affairs

ADECA
Alabama Dept of
Economic and Community Affairs

ADECA.alabama.gov

Kenneth W. Boswell
Director of ADECA

401 Adams Avenue
P O Box 5690
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: (334) 242-5591

Federal funds from the Community Development Block Grant Program are administered by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. Municipalities and Counties that meet thresholds (the only eligible applicants) may apply for a wide range of public facilities in instances where the people directly benefited are primarily of low and moderate income.

Among the type of projects eligible for funding are water systems extensions and sewer collection lines, street and drainage improvements and housing rehabilitation.
 

For additional information about the grant assistance contact ADECA, 401 Adams Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36103-5690, or call the Montgomery office at 334-242-0492 or

Visit ADECA on the web at ADECA.alabama.gov

 

OWR - Alabama Office of Water Resources

ADECA

Alabama Office of Water Resources
Alabama Office of
Water Resources

OWR Website

ADECA's Office of Water Resources administers programs for river basin management, river assessment, water supply assistance, water conservation, flood mapping, the National Flood Insurance Program and water resources development.

Further, OWR serves as the state liaison with federal agencies on major water resources related projects and conducts any special studies on instream flow needs as well as administering environmental education and outreach programs to increase awareness of Alabama’s water resources.

Examples of the functions of OWR include but are not limited to:

  • Floodplan Management
  • Drought Planning and Management
  • Water Management
  • Interstate Water Issues (i.e., Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa and Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basins)
  • Alabama Water Resources Commission

OWR administering the Water Use Reporting Program which requires all major water users in the State to report annual water withdrawals by all public water systems, non-public users withdrawing 100,000 gallons of water or more per day and irrigation users with the capacity to use 100,000 gallons of water or more per day.

OWR Website: adeca.alabama.gov/Divisions/owr/Pages/

2017 OWR Surface Water Assessment Report

The 2017 OWR Surface Water Assessment Report contains OWR’s assessment of water use (both withdrawals and net consumption) for the 2010 and 2040 time periods, estimates of streamflows for subbasins and locations throughout Alabama, and a comparison of water use and streamflows.

You can download the 2017 OWR Surface Water Assessment Report as well as other information at adeca.alabama.gov/Divisions/owr/watermanagement/Pages/Reports-and-Information.aspx.

 

For additional information, contact:

Office of Water Resources
Alabama Center for Commerce

401 Adams Avenue
P. O. Box 5690
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-5690

Call (334) 242-5499

Toll Free 1-877-252-9283
Toll Free 1-877-ALA-WATER

Email water@adeca.alabama.gov

ADEM - Alabama Department of Environmental Management

ADEM
Alabama Department of
Environmental Management

adem.alabama.gov
Water: adem.alabama.gov/programs/water

Alabama is blessed with a wealth and variety of natural resources which provide significant social, economic, and environmental benefits and opportunities for the citizens of Alabama. The mission at ADEM is to assure for all citizens of the State a safe, healthful, and productive environment.

Water Programs at adem.alabama.gov/programs/water

Municipal Water Section
(as of September 2017)

Municipal Section, Chief
Emily Anderson - (334) 271-7801

Administrative Assistant II
Mattie Caldwell (334) 271-7810

Municipal Branch Water Division

Lance R. LeFleur, Director

Marilyn Elliott, Deputy Director

Water Supply Branch Technical Staff

Dennis Harrison, Branch Chief
334-271-7774
ddh@adem.state.al.us

Louise Williams, Branch Secretary
334-271-7773
lwilliams@adem.state.al.us

Surface Water Team

Jim Arnold, Chief, Surface Source Section
334-271-7777
jma@adem.state.al.us

Tom DeLoach, Monitoring & Compliance Engineer
334-271-7791
tsd@adem.state.al.us

Benny Laughlin, Chemical Sampling, Monitoring & Compliance
334-271-7775
bal@adem.state.al.us

Laura Taylor, Lead/Copper Monitoring, CCR Coordinator/Risk Management Coordinator
334-271-7820
lat@adem.state.al.us

Mark Chapman, Engineer (North District), Capacity Development
334-271-7790
mac@adem.state.al.us

ADEMTom Garrett, Engineer (East District), Branch Database Coordinator & AWOP Coordinator
334-271-7931
thg@adem.state.al.us

William McClimans, Engineer (West District), DBRP Stage II/LT1/LT2 SWT Rule Coordinator
334-271-7985
wdm@ademlstate.al.us

Arshasmine Tellis, Purchase Systems & SDWIS
334-271-7935
astellis@adem.state.al.us

Marilyn Williams, ASAII, Imaging Coordinator
334-271-7702
mcwilliams@adem.state.al.us

Groundwater Team

George Cox, Chief, Ground Source Section
334-271-7778
gmc@adem.state.al.us

Claude McDonald, Vulnerability Assessments Coordinator & Fluoride Coordinator
334-271-7793
cem@adem.state.al.us

Ed Jackson, Non Community System Compliance
334-271-7821
rej@adem.state.al.us

Jeff Williams, Non Community Inspector, Segmental System Compliance
334-271-7780
jsw@adem.state.al.us

Mike Dunson, Section Secretary
334-271-7781
mdunson@adem.state.al.us

Jack Mobley, Engineer (Southeast District)
334-271-7776
tjmobley@adem.state.al.us

Loren Crawford, Engineer (Central District) Radon Coordinator
334-271-7788
llc@adem.state.al.us

Chavon McNeil, Engineer (Southwest District) Groundwater Rule
334-271-7957
cmcneil@adem.state.al.us

Aimee White, Engineer, (Northeast District) Permitting Database
334-271-7779
abwhite@adem.state.al.us

Donna Barton, ASAII, Imaging Coordinator
334-271-7726
dbarton@adem.state.al.us

Drinking Water, SRF Program

Aubrey White
334-271-7711
ahw@adem.state.al.us

James Dailey
334-271-7805
jwd@adem.state.al.us

Water/Wastewater Operator Certification

James Grassiano, Chief
334-279-3071
gwj@adem.state.al.us

Shane Brown
334-274-4221
bsm@adem.state.al.us

Tom Madigan
334-271-7802
twm@adem.state.al.us

 

For more information, check the ADEM Web Site at: 
http://adem.alabama.gov/

 

AEMA - Alabama Office of Emergency Management

Alabama Emergency Management Agency
Alabama Emergency
Management Agency

Alabama Emergency Management Agency
State Office

Brian Hastings, Director
5898 County Rd 41
PO Box 2160
Clanton, AL 35046-2160

Phone: 1-205-280-2312
Email: Info@ema.alabama.gov
Web: ema.alabama.gov

The Alabama Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) serves to keep Alabamians safe from potential disaster and to minimize physical or financial suffering from these events. We provide around-the-clock monitoring of varying conditions throughout the state (weather developments, etc.) and provide the absolute highest standard of safety for Alabama citizens in times of crisis. We coordinate timely emergency assistance to local communities when they are affected by disasters such as tornadoes, floods or hurricanes. In the event of any situation or disaster that escalates beyond local government control, we work on behalf of Alabama citizens to ensure prompt assistance on both the state and federal levels.

At the AEMA, it is our mission to provide preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation programs on an ongoing basis to make sure that the people of Alabama are prepared for the next natural or technological emergency.

Alabama EMA DivisionsEMA Divisions

For the purposes of emergency management, the State of Alabama is divided into seven geographical divisions, ranging from eight to twelve counties respectively. To view the divisions, go to ema.alabama.gov/alabama-ema-division/

County Offices

To locate a specific county EMA office, link to the Alabama EMA website listing at ema.alabama.gov/county-ema-directory/

GSA - Geological Survey of Alabama

Geological Survey of Alabama
Geological Survey
of Alabama

www.gsa.state.al.us

Berry H. (Nick) Tew, Jr.
State Geologist/Oil and Gas Supervisor

205.247.3679 phone

Pat O'Neil
Director, Groundwater Assessment Program

205.247.3586 phone

Mailing
P.O. Box 869999
Tuscaloosa, AL 35486-6999

Physical Address:
420 Hackberry Lane
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401

The Geological Survey of Alabama, established in 1848, provides service and information to Alabama and its citizens as a natural resource data gathering and research agency. As part of its mission, GSA explores and evaluates the mineral, water, energy, biological, and other natural resources of the State of Alabama and conducts basic and applied research in these fields.

GSA can be reached by e-mail at info@gsa.state.al.us.

Offices are located in Walter Bryan Jones and Mary Harmon Bryant Halls on The University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa.

Office hours are 8 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. We welcome visitors.

Read more at www.gsa.state.al.us

Staff Directory at www.gsa.state.al.us/inter/staff

  

State Oil and Gas Board

State Oil and Gas Board
State Oil and Gas Board

The State Oil and Gas Board of Alabama is a regulatory agency of the State of Alabama with the statutory charge of preventing waste and promoting the conservation of oil and gas while ensuring the protection of both the environment and the correlative rights of owners.

The Board is granted broad authority in Alabama oil and gas conservation statutes to promulgate and enforce rules and regulations to ensure the conservation and proper development of Alabama's petroleum resources.

The Board consists of three members appointed by the Governor of the State for a term of six years. The State Geologist serves as State Oil and Gas Supervisor and ex officio Secretary of the Board. The Supervisor is charged with the duty of enforcing all rules, regulations, and orders promulgated by the Board.

The official records of the agency are housed in the Board's main office in Tuscaloosa, and a regional office is located in Mobile. Search the Board's electronic databases or select a topic to obtain other information on Alabama's oil and gas resources and the activities and services of the Board.

Read more at www.gsa.state.al.us/ogb/ogb.html.

CPYRWMA - Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority


Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers
Watershed Management Authority

cpyrwma.alabama.gov

The Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority has developed a comprehensive watershed management plan to consolidate, into one source,

  • the water-related natural resource issues in the Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow River Watershed,
  • available scientific knowledge and data, and
  • outline future water management options for the watershed.

The plan is available and is a great informational resource for the Water Industry. 

You may view the Plan in its entirety at cpyrwma.alabama.gov.

A map of the watersheds is available here.


The Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority represents a wide and diverse area of land covering a major portion of the southeastern part of Alabama.

The Authority was created in 1991 by the Alabama Legislature for the purpose of  “developing and executing plans and programs relating to any phase of conservation of water, water usage, flood prevention, flood control, water pollution control, wildlife habitat protection, agricultural and timberland protection, erosion prevention, and control of erosion, floodwater and sediment damages.”

Links:

CPYRWMA Website - www.cpyrwma.alabama.gov

Watershed Map - cpyrwma.alabama.gov/files/CPY_Watershed_Base_Map_ADEM1.pdf

RSA - The Retirement Systems of Alabama

  
The Retirement Systems of Alabama
www.rsa-al.gov

The Retirement Systems of Alabama
P.O. Box 302150
Montgomery, AL 36130-2150

Phone
877-517-0200
334-517-7000

Fax
877-517-0021
334-517-7001

EMAIL
Member.Services@rsa-al.gov

Making decisions about retirement is serious business-especially today.   You are making decisions which will impact the rest of your life and in most cases, in your beneficiary’s life.  If you are unable to have all your questions answered over the phone, you can easily meet our counselors in person.

We offer our members opportunities to meet with RSA counselors at our headquarters building in Montgomery, as well as locations throughout the state.  The RSA also offers many educational opportunities through our retirement and mid-career seminars at convenient locales around Alabama.

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Retirement Systems of Alabama is to serve the interests of our members by preserving the excellent benefits and soundness of the Systems at the least expense to the state of Alabama and all Alabama taxpayers.

Personal Service for RSA members

Whether you are a teacher, bus driver, state or local employee, judge, or state policeman, the RSA provides a number of personal services and educational opportunities for our members.  This information is a guide to keep for those times you need to contact the RSA either by phone, in person, or online.

Online Services

The RSA is available to you whenever you want and wherever you are by simply going online at www.rsa-al.gov.  Many times the information you need can be found online without picking up the phone or making an appointment to visit our headquarters in Montgomery.

SEIB - Alabama State Employees Insurance Board

SEIB  
Alabama State Employees'
Insurance Board
(SEIB)

Administering Health Benefits with Excellence

Physical Address:
201 South Union Street, Suite 200
Montgomery, AL 36104

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 304900
Montgomery, AL 36130

Toll-Free Phone: (866) 836 - 9737
Phone: (334) 263-8341

About State Employees' Insurance Board

Alabama Legislative Act 1965-833 established the State Employees’ Insurance Board (SEIB) in 1965. Its current operating authority can be found in Section 36-29 Code of Alabama 1975. The SEIB was initially empowered by the Legislature to establish a health insurance plan for State employees. The eleven-member Board is composed of the five members of the State Personnel Board, the Director of the Finance Department, the Secretary-Treasurer of the Employees’ Retirement System of Alabama, two elected active state employees and two elected retired state employees.

The SEIB is an agency of the State of Alabama and is responsible for various aspects of the administration of four benefit plans and programs: State Employees’ Health Insurance Program (SEHIP), Local Government Health Insurance Program (LGHIP), Flexible Employees’ Benefit Plan and Alabama Health Insurance Plan (AHIP).
 

State Employees’ Health Insurance Plan & Local Government Health Insurance Program

The SEIB serves as the Plan Administrator for the SEHIP and the LGHIP. These are self-insured comprehensive health benefit plans serving approximately 120,000 active and retired State and local government employees and their dependents. As Plan Administrator, the SEIB is primarily responsible the control and supervision for the SEHIP and the LGHIP. The SEIB is also responsible for designing benefits and setting premiums.
The SEIB contracts with third parties to carry out various functions of the SEHIP and the LGHIP. Contracts are awarded by the SEIB after a competitive, nationwide bid process. The SEIB currently contracts with the following entities:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama - Claims Administrator,
  • Alabama Department of Public Health – State Worksite Wellness Program Administrator.

Blue Cross’ primary function is to process all claims for the SEHIP and the LGHIP. Among others, Blue Cross also performs the following functions:

  • Customer service,
  • Provider network design and service,
  • Case management,
  • Utilization review,
  • Pharmacy benefit management.

To determine your Utility’s eligibility contact the Local Government Health Insurance at the telephone number above or visit www.alseib.org.

USDA-FSA - US Department of Agriculture - Farm Services Agency

USDA   USDA Farm Service Agency
United States
Department of Agriculture
Farm Services Agency (FSA)

Daniel Robinson
State Director

USDA-FSA
4121 Carmichael Road, Suite 600
Montgomery, AL  36106
Phone:  334-279-3500

Web: www.fsa.usda.gov/al

The Farm Service Agency (FSA) traces its beginnings to 1933, in the depths of the Great Depression. The agency has gone through many transformations since that time, as well as several different name changes. The main goal of the FSA continues to focus on providing America's farmers with a strong safety net through the administration of farm commodity programs. FSA also implements ad hoc disaster programs. FSA's long-standing tradition of conserving the nation's natural resources continues through the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).

CRP is a very well-known program, particularly among agricultural producers.  CRP protects millions of acres of American topsoil from erosion and is designed to safeguard the Nation’s natural resources.  By reducing water runoff and sedimentation, CRP protects groundwater and helps improve the condition of lakes, rivers, ponds, and streams.  Acreage enrolled in the CRP is planted to resource-conserving vegetative covers, making the program a major contributor to increased wildlife populations in many parts of the country.

CRP is a voluntary program that helps eligible applicants safeguard environmentally sensitive land for conservation benefits. Applicants determined eligible for enrollment in CRP plant long-term, resource-conserving covers to control soil erosion, improve water and air quality and develop wildlife habitat. In return, FSA provides participants with rental payments and cost-share assistance. Contract duration is between 10 to 15 years.

FSA administers two types of CRP sign-ups – CRP General Sign-Up and CRP Continuous Sign-Up.  Applicants can offer land for CRP general sign-up enrollments only during designated sign-up periods announced by the USDA Secretary of Agriculture.  Offers are subject to competitive bidding.  For CRP continuous sign-up, environmentally desirable land devoted to certain conservation practices may be enrolled at any time. These offers are automatically accepted provided the land and applicant meet certain eligibility requirements. Offers for continuous sign-up are not subject to competitive bidding.

CRP offers a variety of conservation practices from which applicants may choose when considering suitable covers to apply to the land.  Riparian buffers, wildlife habitat buffers, wetland buffers, filter strips, wetland restoration, grass waterways, contour grass strips, and shallow water areas for wildlife are some of the most popular beneficial practices that are available for consideration, but many others are also available.

Land within an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-designated public wellhead area may also be eligible for enrollment on a continuous basis.

For more detailed information regarding FSA programs, upcoming general CRP sign-ups, or to offer land for continuous CRP sign-up, contact your local FSA office.  To find a local office, visit FSA's Web site at: offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app?state=al&agency=fsa

USDA-RD - US Department of Agriculture - Rural Development

United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development
United States Department of Agriculture
Rural Development

Ronald W. Davis
State Director

USDA Rural Development -
Alabama State Office
4121 Carmichael Road, Suite 601
Montgomery, AL 36106
  
334-279-3400 (phone)
334-279-3403 (fax)
334-279-3495 (TTY/TDD)

 

Website: www.rd.usda.gov/al

Link to Water and Environmental Programs

 

Community Programs: 334-279-3615

Water/Wastewater Community Facilities:334-279-3627 fax

Allen Bowen, Program Director 334-279-3617

Stan Hale, Specialist 334-279-3616

John Taylor, Engineer 334-279-3475

Pat Greene, Technician 334-279-3429

WATER LOANS AND GRANTS

Water and Environmental Programs (WEP) provides loans, grants and loan guarantees for drinking water, sanitary sewer, solid waste and storm drainage facilities in rural areas and cities and towns of 10,000 or less. Public bodies, non-profit organizations and recognized Indian tribes may qualify for assistance. WEP also makes grants to non-profit organziations to provide technical assistance and training to assist rural communities with their water, wastewater, and solid waste problems.

USDA Rural Development - Alabama Offices

AREA 1 - Huntsville

Eddie Brooks, Area Director
eddie.brooks@al.usda.gov
4890 University Square, Ste 3-G
Huntsville, AL 35816
256-544-5795
Serving: Colbert, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall, Morgan
 

AREA 2 - Dothan

Ronnie Wyatt, Area Director
ronnie.wyatt@al.usda.gov
205 W. Adams Street
Dothan, AL 36303
334-793-7819
Serving: Barbour, Coffee, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Pike
 

AREA 3- Tuscaloosa

Teresa Long, Area Director
teresa.long@al.usda.gov
3831-B Palisades Drive
Tuscaloosa, AL 35405
205-553-1733 ext 5
Serving: Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Pickens, Shelby, Sumter, Tuscaloosa
 

AREA 4 - Camden

Steven Sigler, Acting Area Director
steven.sigler@al.usda.gov
Three Camden ByPass
Camden, AL 36726
334-682-4116 ext 4
Serving: Autauga, Butler, Chilton, Choctaw, Dallas, Lowndes, Marengo, Perry, Wilcox
 

AREA 5 - Anniston

Andrew Wackerle, Area Director
andrew.wackerle@al.usda.gov
1413-C Hillyer-Robinson Industrial Pkwy
Anniston, AL 36207
256-835-7824 ext 4
Serving: Calhoun, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, DeKalb, Etowah, Randolph, Talladega
 

AREA 6 - Opelika

Quinton Harris, Area Director
quinton.harris@al.usda.gov
600 South 7th Street, Suite 1
Opelika, AL 36801
334-745-7638
Serving: Bullock, Chambers, Coosa, Elmore, Lee, Macon, Montgomery, Tallapoosa, Russell
 

AREA 7 - Cullman

John Vandiver, Area Director
john.vandiver@al.usda.gov
205 4th Avenue, NE, Suite 103
Cullman, AL 35055
256-734-6471 ext 4
Serving: Blount, Cullman, Franklin, Jefferson, Marion, St. Clair, Walker, Winston
 

AREA 8 - Bay Minnette

Steven Sigler, Area Director
steven.sigler@al.usda.gov
207 Faulkner Drive, Suite 119
Bay Minette, AL 36507
251-937-3297 ext 5
Serving: Baldwin, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe, Washington
   

ARRA Grant Information (pdf)

For additional information or to file an application, contact the appropriate Area Office listed above. Current contact information is also available at offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app? service=page/CountyMap&state=AL&stateName=Alabama& stateCode=01
   

Local Office Information - www.rurdev.usda.gov/al/lo-list.htm

USDM - US Drought Monitor

Alabama Drought Map
Alabama Drought Monitor
Get the latest drought map at
https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/CurrentMap/
StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?AL

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.

In past years, drought conditions forced a parent system in Northwest Alabama to restrict the amount of water its consecutive systems could receive, causing an emergency to be declared in that area. As water system operators and managers, it is our duty to remain ever vigilant in order to protect our precious commodity during times of possible emergency. Luckily, there are plenty of resources available to help you do just that.

Remember that information is a powerful tool when it comes to predicting and responding to dry weather emergencies.

  • Operators should perform monthly draw-down tests at each well in order to track changes in your water table.
  • Daily pump run-times should be monitored in an effort to track customer demand, especially during the dryer times. This information will be invaluable in detecting critical changes in your normal operating environment and could prevent supply shortages and tens of thousands of dollars in equipment failures.
  • Remember to update your Emergency Water Conservation Plan. This plan will establish procedures to follow during drought emergencies. Should you need help creating, updating, or implementing an Emergency Water Conservation Plan, remember that your Alabama Rural Water Association Circuit Rider has the templates and the experience to assist you.

Public education should also be a major component in any well managed water system's water conservation efforts. An informed public is more likely to conserve resources, and will be more aware of unnecessary wastes, such as leaking toilets and faucets. The California Urban Water Conservation Council (CUWCC) has an interactive website (http://www.h2ouse.org/) in which your customers can take an interactive tour of a house plan with water saving tips for every area of a house!

Hopefully, with the increase in rainfall we've been experiencing, droughts will soon no longer plague our great state. But until then, your diligent research, meticulously compiled records, and army of informed customers will help insure that you can avoid disaster and confidently move forward with every water system's goal of providing a constant and plentiful supply of clean and safe drinking water.

Drought.gov

For the latest information on drought in the US, go to https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/DroughtSummary.aspx.

This is a national site that tries to consolidate all available information on drought.

Quick Link to Alabama-specific drought information
https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/CurrentMap/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?AL

Additional links include:

Alabama Office of Water Resources (OWR) at adeca.alabama.gov/ Divisions/owr/Pages/default.aspx contains links to Alabama Drought Planning.

Alabama Drought at drought.aces.edu - Alabama Cooperative Extension System Drought Information

Alabama Power Reservoir Status - Go to alabamapower.com and search on reservoir status. 

USGS WaterWatch - Go to waterwatch.usgs.gov/?state=al&map_type=real for a Map of real-time streamflow compared to historical streamflow for the day of the year (Alabama)

US Drought Monitor at droughtmonitor.unl.edu/

Southeast US Drought Monitor at droughtmonitor.unl.edu/ CurrentMap/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?Southeast

  

   Please provide updated information to the ARWA regarding your current drought situation.  Many Conservation Plans have been implemented but maintaining which stage systems are enforcing is critical to State Agencies reporting to the Governor’s Office.

USGS - US Geological Service

United States Geological Survey - Alabama District Office

United States Geological Survey - Alabama District Office - al.water.usgs.gov

Alabama District Office

United States Geological Survey
Alabama District Office

AUM TechnaCenter
75 TechnaCenter Drive
Montgomery, AL 36117

Telephone: (334) 395-4120
Fax: (334) 395-4168

Website: al.water.usgs.gov

As one of the 48 Districts in the Water Resources Division of the U.S. Geological Survey, the Alabama District is an integral part of a Federal agency devoted to data collection, applied science, and dissemination of information.

The Alabama District has two offices - the main District Office in Montgomery and the Field Office in Tuscaloosa. This District provides relevant, unbiased, water-resources information and expertise needed by others to achieve the best use and management of water resources in Alabama.

The Alabama District collects data, conducts interpretive water-resources appraisals and research, and disseminates information in a timely manner. Studies encompass the four following areas:

  • HYDROLOGIC-DATA COLLECTION
  • HYDROLOGIC-DATA BASES
  • HYDROLOGIC STUDIES
  • HYDROLOGIC-ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUES

 

 
ARWA 40 years of service

   
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System Check Up and Operator Training (W)
Dec 11 - Lineville
Dec 18 - Demopolis
Jan 15, 2019 - Scottsboro
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Lead and Copper Materials Inventory (W)
Dec 13-Russellville
Dec 20-Citronelle
Jan 10-Glencoe
Jan 31-Phenix City
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Water University
Utility Management Certification

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Water Loss Protection

The ARWA/NRWA ServLine Program protects your utility against losses from customers’ water leaks, and provides the opportunity for them to add service line repair replacement protection. Learn more.

 


ARWA

Alabama Rural Water Association is a non-profit organization representing water and wastewater systems serving rural communities and towns and commercial firms which support these systems.

We provide assistance to comply with State and Federal regulations, to help with management and operational problems, and to stimulate training initiatives.

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Alabama Rural Water Association
2576 Bell Road
Montgomery AL 36117 
Phone: (334) 396-5511
Fax: (334) 396-7090 
Email: arwa@alruralwater.com
Website: www.alruralwater.com

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