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Manditory Consolidation

November 20, 2017  Illinois and Utah Rural Water Associations Stand Up for Small and Rural Communities and Against Allowing State Regulators to Force Consolidation Over Community Objections: On Wednesday, Illinois Rural Water’s Executive Director Frank Dunmire and Utah Rural Water’s National Director and NRWA Regulatory Committee Chair Paul Fulgham made presentations to the House Energy and Committee Committee staff and the staff of the Committee’s Chairman, Representative John Shimkus (IL).  The two rural water representatives urged the Chairman to drop the “mandatory consolidation” provision in the Committee’s Safe Drinking Water Act amendment, HR 3387.  The rural water team explained that states currently have powers of condemnation, emergency actions, and receivership that provide for the necessary due process for the citizens of any community in question.  The Committee’s new federal authority for state regulatory agencies circumvents current due process to the detriment of local citizens and governments.  

Cyber Attacks on Critical Infrastructure

DHS, FBI Warn Companies of Ongoing Cyber Attacks on Critical Infrastructure: The Department of Homeland Security and FBI issued a rare public alert warning owners of U.S. critical infrastructure to battle an ongoing campaign of state-hacker corps cyber attacks against their information and control networks.  Energy and industrial firms were notified Friday and again Saturday that sophisticated hackers are attempting to penetrate industrial control systems used by the electrical and nuclear power industry, as well as water, aviation, and manufacturing sectors. For the original article cut and paste to browserà For the CERT report itselfà  

Job Openings

___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ GREAT BASIN WATER COMPANY LEAD WATER/WASTEWATER TREATMENT OPERATOR Department Operations Status Non-Exempt Supervisor’s Title Area Manager Job Summary Under limited supervision, performs routine tasks related to the operation of a water/wastewater treatment facility. Responsible for maintaining plant compliance with EPA standards and state water Commission. Assists with training of other personnel and leading work crews. Demonstrates continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes and works cooperatively to provide quality seamless utility service. Works with AM and RM to ensure continuity of processes, goals and vision of UI. Essential Functions
  • Oversees the operation and maintenance of water/wastewater treatment equipment, ensuring compliance with state and federal environmental protection limits.
  • Oversees the organization and delegation of team tasks.
  • Develops and maintains operational records and prepares reports in compliance with regulatory standards.
  • Oversees sampling and testing systems, and the functionality of pumps, conveyors, blowers and other equipment.
  • Installs and repairs pumps, motors, valves and piping; diagnoses, repairs and clarifies aeration equipment, ion exchange bins, filtration equipment and other major apparatuses.
  • Monitors and samples well and groundwater upon entry to the system. Adjusts treatment levels when non-standard variances are detected. Samples water prior to exiting system.
  • Detects and reports atypical conditions, such as: identifying damaged, malfunctioning and tampered meters, detecting and reporting leaks, high/low consumption, exposed wiring and other safety hazards.
  • Cleans and maintains treatment plant, pumping stations and wells. Conducts ongoing repairs to equipment, or shuts down equipment for more extensive maintenance and repair, activating alternate equipment as needed. Requests services of outside maintenance vendor for major repairs and overhauls.
  • Activates pumps, valves and other processing equipment to move water through various treatment processes. Disposes of waste materials removed from water in line with Company procedures and government controls.
  • Implements emergency procedures in the event of overflow or spill of chemicals or unpurified water. Follows safety protocol and notifies local emergency responders.
  • Adds chemicals to water by predetermined formula. Maintains minimum inventory levels of these materials.
  • Reads and interprets meters and gauges on central control panel, or at individual machines or stages in the treatment process. Adjusts controls as needed. Retrieves computer reports on treatment process.
  • Prepares reports and maintains logs on meter readings, tests, chemical and equipment usage, and all other recordkeeping requirements; maintains various Company records and other reports as required by the state.
  • Back-washes filters and basins; handles chlorine in a safe, effective manner; assures proper working order of chlorine-related equipment.
  • Ensures regulatory compliance and adherence to Company policies and standards.
  • Coordinates construction and excavation involved in system repairs; estimates required labor and materials; identifies equipment needed for all projects; orders necessary parts.
  • Maintains a safe working environment and reports safety concerns to Area Manager.
  • Trains personnel in the areas of laboratory analysis, operations and maintenance procedures, as well as compliance to Company policies and procedures.
  • Ensures all operators are equipped with necessary tools, parts and safety equipment to work effectively.
  • Stays abreast of Federal, State and local regulations and environmental guidelines regarding water/wastewater treatment and distribution.
  • Constant, independent travel daily between worksites on Company time.
  • Must work On-Call in rotation as scheduled; responds to emergency situations as required.
Additional Responsibilities
  • May assist with training personnel on safety procedures.
  • Assists with overseeing and inspections of local construction projects.
  • Assists with the development of short and long term plans for operation of facilities, including contingency plans as well as plant and equipment removal/replacement.
  • Assists with the design and construction of extension and improvement projects.
  • Provides on-site customer communication.
  • Acts as liaison between the customers and customer service.
  • Responds to requests and inquiries from the general public.
  • Demonstrates continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively and jointly to provide quality seamless utility service.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
Computer Skills Required: MS Word, Excel; ability to learn internal software programs Preferred: Outlook, Internet Explorer Additional Skills
  • Ability to work independently and under limited supervision.
  • Demonstrates initiative to take on new tasks.
  • Ability to mentor and guide co-workers to increase skill level, morale and efficiency.
  • Ability to motivate others in pursuit of Company goals.
  • Ability to read meters, charts and gauges and accurately maintain records of plant operations.
  • Ability to read and comprehend written technical information and to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to review, classify, categorize, prioritize and/or analyze data.
  • Ability to keep accurate records and prepare and submit accurate reports.
  • Ability to perform mathematical equations to determine chemical doses required for flow rates and proper treatment.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers and regulatory agencies.
  • Ability to follow verbal and written instructions.
  • Ability to operate, maneuver and/or control the actions of equipment, machinery, tools and/or materials used in performing essential functions.
Education Required: HS Diploma or GED Certifications/Licenses Currently holds the minimum licensing in order to be responsible operator in charge per state regulation, or holds the minimum licensing to be classified as an Operator II with the ability to attain minimum licensing to be responsible operator in charge within 1 year of employment; must maintain a valid driver’s license. Experience Requires a minimum of 5 years progressive experience working in utility management or the utility industry. Requires knowledge and experience in the operations, maintenance and processes of water/wastewater treatment; knowledge of the controls, instrumentation and mechanical equipment in the utility industry; knowledge of standard practices, terminology and safety standards in the utility industry; thorough knowledge of local, state and Federal water/wastewater regulations; knowledge and experience with the materials and chemicals used in these treatment processes. Physical Demands Moderate to heavy physical demands, including lifting (75 lbs.), walking (10+ miles daily), climbing and mechanical repair. Equipment Used Handheld and/or Blackberry, laptop; water/wastewater facility equipment and machinery including pumps, aerators, chemical feed equipment, booster pumps, etc.; jack hammer and other construction equipment; operates and oversees the use of heavy equipment, including agricultural sludge spreaders; operates a Company issued motor vehicle. Travel Required Within service area. Shift May include weekend scheduling; on-call, emergency call duty and paid overtime may be required. Requires 24 hour responsiveness to various situations. Additional Comments This document describes typical duties and responsibilities and is not intended to limit management from assigning other work as desired. Click on this link to apply : ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Sun Valley General Improvement District Service Technician (Water/Wastewater) Now accepting applications for Service Technician and/or Entry Level position. Individual will be required to complete a 6 month introductory period in which the employee will be exposed to all aspects of the District’s Field Operations and will be evaluated for advancement to a permanent status and possible advancement to Service Technician I/II. Position performs operation and maintenance of the water distribution system, wastewater collection system, parks, pool, District facilities, and equipment. Duties include, but are not limited to, water main and service line installations and repairs, wastewater main and lateral installations and repairs, wastewater main flushing, meter installations, park maintenance, and general buildings and ground maintenance. Work is performed outdoors and in inclement weather. Position requires 24 hour standby/on-call duty on a rotating basis. Minimum Requirements:
  1. Must possess a high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate.
  2. Must possess and maintain a valid Driver’s License.
  3. By the end of the 6 month introductory period, this employee must demonstrate the ability to meet all the requirements and perform all the tasks listed in the Service Tech I job description to advance.
  4. State of Nevada Water Distribution certification preferred or must obtain within 2 years from date of employment as a Service Technician/Entry Level.
  5. Must be able to obtain a Class B CDL within 1 year.
Salary Range for Service Technician is $34,757 – $51,732. Initial salary will be DOE. SVGID offers an excellent benefit package which includes health, dental, and vision. The Sun Valley GID belongs to PERS and offers a deferred compensation program. If you wish to apply for this position, please apply at 5000 Sun Valley Blvd., Sun Valley, NV 89433. Sun Valley GID application MUST accompany resume, applications may be downloaded from our website Applications accepted through April 13, 2018. Sun Valley General Improvement District is an equal opportunity employer. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ WATER UTILITY MANAGER OR WATER UTILITY MANAGER/ENGINEER Gardnerville Water Company Gardnerville, Nevada Manager Salary: $83,200 to $114,400 DOE Manager/Engineer Salary: $104,000 to $135,200 DOE For a complete job description, please visit the Gardnerville Water Company at and click on About – Employment. The Gardnerville Water Company is a non-profit company owned by the property owners of Gardnerville and managed by a five-member board of directors.  GWC Board of Directors are elected by the property owners of Gardnerville. The elected board of directors manages and directs the water company. The manager/engineer is hired by the board of directors to oversee day-to-day operations, oversee capital improvements, review commercial and residential improvement plans, and manage support staff. The GWC’s service area continues to grow, as does the amount of water pumped each year in the water company service area. In 2017, the seven production wells owned by the water company produced over 355 million gallons of water distributed to the customers.  GWC is one of the few companies that do not treat the water distributed.  The GWC has about 2,500 water service connections including residential, commercial, and irrigation.  Every connection has a water meter that is read in-house utilizing Sensus Flexnet AMI technology. Working under the direction and authority of the Board of Directors, the Water Utility Manager OR Water Utility Manager/Engineer Under general direction from the Board of Directors, the Manager or Manager/Engineer is responsible for managing, coordinating and directing the operations, staff and business activities of the Gardnerville Water Company.  Manages, coordinates and directs the planning and design process for water and other capital projects. Qualifications: Associates or vocational degree in related field; AND ten (10) years of water distribution systems experience, five (5) years of which in a managerial/supervisory role of a municipal operation; OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.  Valid State of NV certifications related to the management of municipal water systems. Applicable certifications include; Water Distribution Grade 3, Cross Connection Specialist or registration as a Professional Engineer with experience directly related to municipal water operations (or ability obtain within 6 months of employment).  Must have a maximum 45-minute response time to GWC Office for emergencies (or ability obtain within 6 months of employment). Engineer qualifications (in addition to above):  Bachelor’s degree in engineering or a closely related field.  Nevada registration as a Professional Engineer (PE) (or ability obtain within 6 months of employment).  Valid State of NV certifications: Water Distribution Grade 1 (or ability obtain within 6 months of employment). Resumes must be attached to completed applications.  Applications are available at The Gardnerville Water Company is an equal opportunity employer and a Drug Free Workplace.  If you have other questions, please contact Kristien Bennett (775) 782-2339.          

Benefit of Joining NvWARN

NvWARN member utilities are invited to participate in a 4-hour virtual Table-Top Exercise. EARTHEx is FREE. All you need is an internet connection. The goal is to review internal policies and agency response actions in extreme,”Black Sky” hazard scenarios: Subcontinent-scale power outages with cascading infrastructure failures. The exercise will focus on four primary areas: Executive and senior operational decision-making “Initiating and coordinating initial sector response and restoration actions “Multi-sector emergency communication and coordination “Developing sector recommendations for Improved restoration support and resilience. Contact John Hines for info or to register your utility.    

Scam Alert!!

USDA has made us aware of the following: Possible Scam: System for Award Management (SAM) Email Notifications from Third Party Companies We are alerting you that third party companies are offering to help you update information contained within the System for Award Management ( website, for a fee.  Your SAM registration contains sensitive business information, including your banking information and other sensitive information, so your login and password should not be shared with anyone outside your company.  As a reminder, the use of the System for Award Management website is free to use and update, and the Water and Environmental Staff does not see a reason to pay anyone to provide that service. Secondly, we have just become aware of a couple of scam emails that offer to “help companies start the renewal process online” or suggest that “Your Federal Profile is Almost Complete. Immediate Action Required!”  In both cases, your free access to will resolve any questions you may have regarding your registration in  As you know requires an annual recertification and sends out email reminders prior to the expiration, and again, updates should be handled by company employees.  Furthermore, if your registration is not complete, you may login to to make that determination for yourself. Thirdly it is now being reported that possible scammers are now calling and offering to register you in Sam for 3 years at a cost of $3,500. You are strongly advised to hang up the phone immediately. As stated above SAM registration is free and must be renewed every year. There is no 3 year option. Please remember that is not affiliated with the USDA and is a government-wide website not maintained by our Agency.  If you have any questions regarding access or how to use SAM, please contact their help desk at 866-606-8220, option #1.   L.D. “Kent” Evans | Water Programs Director Rural Development U.S. Department of Agriculture 1400 Independence Ave. Stop 1570 |Washington, DC  20250 Phone: 202-720-2567 | i-Phone: 202-570-1539   This electronic message contains information generated by the USDA solely for the intended recipients. Any unauthorized interception of this message or the use or disclosure of the information it contains may violate the law and subject the violator to civil or criminal penalties. If you believe you have received this message in error, please notify the sender and delete the email immediately.


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