July, 2012- Vol 7, Issue 2

In This Issue
Bottled and Sold
Summer Board Meeting and Leadership Retreat
WaterPro Conference
Disaster Management for Water & Wastewater Utilities
Top O' the Day Golf Tournament
Upcoming Events

Eric Volk, Executive Director

Lisa Schatz, Finance Manager

Kathy Berg, Admin. Assistant

Chuck Mischel, Op Cert Program

Mike Ritteman, Circuit Rider-East

Tom Sieg, Circuit Rider-West
Les Sigette, Wastewater Tech

Rod Stroh, Drought Mgmt Specialist

Andy McDonald, SW Protection

Executive Board

Keith Nilson, President
Michele Schommer, Vice President
LaVonne Althoff, Secretary
Joe LaFave, Treasurer
Jon Nelson, Director at Large
John Bearman, National Rep.

Geneva Kaiser, Managers Rep.

Gordon Blixt, Past President

Contact Us


2718 Gateway Ave. #201

Bismarck, ND 58503

Phone: 1-800-349-6951

Fax: 701-258-5002




The mission of the North Dakota Rural Water Systems Association is to educate, support, and lead its members in providing quality service to their customers.

Bottled and Sold: The Story of Our Obsession with Bottled Water


Bottled and Sold shows how water went from being a free natural resource to one of the most successful commercial products of the last one hundred years-and why we are poorer for it. It's a big story and water is big business. Every second of every day in the United States, a thousand people buy a plastic bottle of water, and every second of every day a thousand more throw one of those bottles away. That adds up to more than thirty billion bottles a year and tens of billions of dollars of sales.

Are there legitimate reasons to buy all those bottles? With a scientist's eye and a natural storyteller's wit, Peter H. Gleick investigates whether industry claims about the relative safety, convenience, and taste of bottled versus tap hold water. And he exposes the true reasons we've turned to the bottle, from fear mongering by business interests and our own vanity to the breakdown of public systems and global inequities.

"Designer" H2O may be laughable, but the debate over commodifying water is deadly serious. It comes down to society's choices about human rights, the role of government and free markets, the importance of being "green," and fundamental values. Gleick gets to the heart of the bottled water craze, exploring what it means for us to bottle and sell our most basic necessity.


Bottled and Sold is available at your local bookstores. You can also read reviews or purchase a copy of the book at http://islandpress.org/bottledandsold/.

Summer Board Meeting and Leadership Retreat, Medora, ND
It's not to late to join North Dakota's leaders in the water industry at the 2012 Leadership Retreat, July 19-20, in Medora, ND. Over the last year, many areas of ND experienced record flooding, while other parts of the State encountered water shortages. As often happens in ND, our members exhibited unity and strength during one of the State's most difficult years. Leadership Retreat 2012 will provide important and worthwhile training to face the many challenges that will come our way in the future. Our vision today is to provide leadership training that can be utilized for years to come. Along with our annual Rural Water Board Meeting, this year's retreat will include leadership training from Tony Richards, an update on the ongoing WAWS Project from Cory Chorne, and an inside look at water related issues in the oil patch presented by Lynn Helms. Attendees will also have the opportunity to join their peers on Thursday night for a good old fashioned Cowboy Cookout, followed by the renowned Medora Musical. Don't miss this opportunity to gain valuable training for your water system, network with your peers, and experience historical Medora, ND.
WaterPro Conference, Nashville, TN


WaterPro is the annual conference of the National Rural Water Association. This year's conference will be held September 24-26, in Nashville, TN.


WaterPro is designed to bring together water and wastewater utility systems - large and small, municipal and rural - for sessions in operations, management, boardsmanship and governance.

At the WaterPro Conference, you'll find an exhibit hall jam-packed with new products and technology that will keep you up to date on the ever-changing needs in the water industry.

WaterPro is THE networking place to be! Come see old friends and make new friends in the Rural Water family tradition!


Link to WaterPro Homepage 

Disaster Management for Water & Wastewater Utilities


The City of Grand Forks, in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security and Texas Engineering Extension Service, Texas A&M University System, is hosting a course titled "Disaster Management for Water & Wastewater Utilities." This course provides training to Water and Wastewater professionals on the issues of preparing for, responding to, and recovering from incidents affecting water and/or wastewater facilities. This course covers the various natural and man-made (accidental or intentional) hazards to which water and wastewater systems may be vulnerable and the potential effects the hazards may induce. Legislation that serves to aid in the planning and response to a natural or man-made incident is discussed along with measures that can mitigate threats to the water and wastewater systems. Participants are guided through portions of the Environmental Protection Agencies Response Protocol Toolbox to identify steps in the response and recovery processes.


Topics to be Covered:

Threats to Water and Wastewater Facilities and Systems

Major Legislative Requirements

Recovery From Disasters

Mitigating Threats to Water and Wastewater Facilities and


Responding to Threats Against Water and Wastewater

Facilities and Systems



Link to Registration Form




Top O' the Day Golf Tournament


CrossRoads Golf Course in Carrington, ND will host the ninth annual Dushinske & Jamison Top O' the Day Tee-Off Scholarship Golf Scramble on August 13, 2012. The scramble, sponsored by the North Dakota Water Education Foundation, raises money for the Dushinske & Jamison Water Resource Scholarship Endowment. Festivities for the 18-hole, four person scramble will begin at noon with registration and a sack lunch, followed by a shotgun start at 1 PM, and dinner and awards at 6 PM. The entry fee is $50 per person.

In honor of Russell L. Dushinske and Warren L. Jamison's distinguished service, dedicated leadership and lifelong devotion to water development in North Dakota, the North Dakota Water Education Foundation, family members, friends and colleagues established the Dushinske & Jamison Water Resource Scholarship Endowment within the North Dakota Community Foundation.

Income from the Dushinske & Jamison Water Resource Scholarship Endowment will provide scholarships to deserving students whose family has taken an active role in North Dakota water management.


To register for the scramble, call Stacey with Garrison Diversion at 701-652-3194 or email her at gdcd@daktel.com.

Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendar 

July 19-20, 2012

Leadership Retreat

Medora, ND


July 26-27, 2012

Co-op & Water Days at the State Fair

Minot, ND


August 13, 2012

Top O' the Day Golf Scramble

Carrington, ND


September 11-12, 2012

Disaster Management for Water and Wastewater Utilities

Grand Forks, ND


September 24-26, 2012

NRWA WaterPro Conference

Nashville, TN

Contact Information

ND Rural Water Systems Association
2718 Gateway Avenue #201
Bismarck, ND 58503
Phone: 800-349-6951
Fax: 701-258-5002


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