Learn why your colleagues are active members of FRWA.
The Florida Rural Water Association’s goal is to provide assistance and improve professionalism in the water and wastewater industry state-wide. This is accomplished by providing technical assistance and training to members and non-members and working with the primacy agency to help systems return to compliance. We are inclusive by aiding systems small and large – with smaller systems remaining our primary focus.
We are always looking for ways to enhance services and provide “value-added” benefits. This last year we added the following:
- E-Posting Consumer Confidence Reports (CCRs). We are hosting Electronic Posting of CCRs on our website to any system and particularly for those too small to have their own website. E-posting is now allowed by EPA and is a response to rural water association and legislative efforts.
- Funders Meetings. We regularly coordinate and host meetings with state and federal funding agencies to identify utility construction projects that need funding and promote cooperation between agencies.
- E-logs. Our association provides a free electronic Water Distribution Log program – required by the Ground Water Rule and the State Primacy Agency.
- Mercury BMPs for Wastewater Systems. The primacy agency is promulgating a Mercury TMDL, we commented on the proposed TMDL, and provided a Best Management Practices template that was accepted by the agency for state-wide use.
- Public Service Commission Study Committee. We worked with the PSC, agency representatives, and stakeholders to provide relief to small systems and improve rules for sustainability.
Membership grows as a result of this inclusiveness and willingness to help those that need our services. When systems see the quality of our staff and the assistance provided, becoming active members is a natural response.
Member benefits also include:
- Training discounts
- Regulatory representation
- Monitoring legislation at state and federal level
- Promotion of funding for water and wastewater projects
- Engineering support
- Annual conference
- Voting privilege at the annual membership meeting
- Member of the National Rural Water Association
- On-site assistance to your personnel at no charge
- Water and wastewater rate structure development
- Training sessions and manuals
- Operator certification materials and review sessions
- Wellhead protection plan development
- Resource library available upon request (books; slide presentations; videos)
- 800 telephone number
- NRWA magazine
- Quarterly newsletter
- Insurance information
- Access to $2.0 million in utility operations equipment.
As a member, you will be able to enjoy the full range of all the benefits that we have to offer.