August, 2013 - Vol 8, Issue 3

In This Issue
ICS/NIMS & NDWARN Training Event
EPA Survey Indicates 2030 Infrastructure Needs
Senators Wicker & Heitkamp Bill Helps Rural and Small Communities
Crystal Meth and Your System!
New NDRWSA West Circuit Rider
Upcoming Events

Eric Volk, Executive Director

Lisa Schatz, Finance Manager

Kathy Berg, Admin. Assistant

Chuck Mischel, Op Cert Program

Mike Ritteman, Circuit Rider-East

Ward Heidbreder, Circuit Rider-West
Les Sigette, Wastewater Tech

Rod Stroh, Drought Mgmt Specialist

Andy McDonald, Training Specialist

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.

NDWARN Teams Up with Horsley Witten to Provide  Emergency Training


North Dakota water and wastewater professionals are invited to attend the following training events taking place at the Environmental Training Center in Bismarck, ND:


Tuesday, August 27, 2013: ICS/NIMS Workshop

Workshop Time: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

This one-day ICS and NIMS workshop, which is sponsored by the EPA Water Security Division, will help water and wastewater utilities to better understand the Incident Command System (ICS), integrate with other first responders within an expanding ICS structure, and implement National Incident Management System (NIMS) concepts and principles that will help utilities provide mutual aid and assistance to one another.

Feedback from utilities, states, EPA regions, and other stakeholders indicates that water sector-specific ICS and NIMS training remains a priority.


Wednesday, August 28, 2013: NDWARN Event

Workshop Time: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

The North Dakota Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (NDWARN) is a network of "utilities helping utilities." This network helps water and wastewater utilities locate emergency assistance in the form of personnel, equipment, materials and other services and to:

 Prepare for the next natural or human-caused emergency.

 Organize response according to established requirements.

 Share personnel and other resources statewide, by agreement.


Who Should Attend: Small, medium and large water and wastewater utilities, water sector trainers, state drinking water primacy agencies, state wastewater permitting agencies, and federal workers with an active role in water sector emergency response should attend this training. Continuing Education Units (CEUs): Each day has been approved for 4 CEUs and both days of training are eligible for operator reimbursement.


Full Agenda & Registration 

EPA Survey Indicates $384 Billion Needed for Water Infrastructure by 2030 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) fifth national assessment of public water system infrastructure needs shows a total twenty-year capital improvement need of $384.2 billion. This estimate represents infrastructure projects necessary from January 1, 2011, through December 31, 2030, for water systems to continue to provide safe drinking water to the public. The national total comprises the infrastructure investment needs of the nation's approximately 52,000 community water systems and 21,400 not-for-profit noncommunity water systems, including the needs of American Indian and Alaska Native Village water systems, and the costs associated with proposed and recently promulgated regulations. The findings are based on the 2011 Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and  Assessment (DWINSA or Assessment) which relied primarily on a statistical survey of public water systems (approximately 3,165 responses).


Click to Read Full Report 

Senators Wicker & Heitkamp Bill Helps Rural and Small Communities with Safe Drinking Water and Affordable Compliance


(Washington, DC) The country's largest community-based water supply organization, the National Rural Water Association (NRWA) is grateful to Senators Wicker (MS) and Heitkamp (ND) for sponsoring legislation to reauthorize the most important element of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The Senators introduced S.816 in April, a bill to reauthorize the SDWA's small and rural community technical assistance provision.


Rural water associations' technical assistance and compliance training (reauthorized in the bill) ensure that federal regulations don't overwhelm small and rural communities' resources. Rural water initiatives have been the main source of compliance and assistance for small and rural communities to meet federal standards. Without these initiatives, effective implementation of the SDWA and Clean Water Act (CWA) in rural areas and small communities would be impossible. 


Eric Volk, Executive Director with North Dakota Rural Water Systems Association said, " We are grateful for Senator Heitkamp's help and assistance to the country's over 50,000 small and rural communities that are trying to provide safe and clean water to their citizens every day. The Senator's bill ensures that the most helpful and environmentally beneficial initiatives are available to rural communities. This approach is truly unique in the federal effort to protect the environment because it accomplishes progressive environmental protection with the support of the local communities. Small communities comprise more than 90 percent of the water supplies in the states. However, due to a lack of economies of scale, it is often more difficult for small towns to comply with federal rules, afford the latest technology, and have access to technical experts."


The following Senators are original sponsors or cosponsors of the legislation: Senators Heitkamp (ND), Wicker (MS), Cochran (MS), Udall (NM), Crapo (ID), Klobuchar (MN), Risch (ID), Johnson (SD), Moran (KS), Landrieu (LA), Boozman (AR), Tester (MT), Inhofe (OK), Hirono (HI), and Baucus (MT). 


The U.S. has approximately 51,651 community drinking water supplies and 16,255 publicly owned sanitation supplies. Most of these water supplies serve small communities with limited public resources and competing public funding priorities (94% of community water supplies serve less than 10,000 persons and 80% of public sanitation supplies serve less than 10,000 persons). Communities assisted last year are available in Rural Water's Report to Congress (www.ruralwater.org/report). 

Crystal Meth and Your System!

Rick Allen, BioLynceus

Mark Court, Circuit Rider, WARWS


Information you should know about what Crystal Meth (CM) will do in your system and how to recognize the signs you may have it in your wastewater process.


We are starting to see more and more issues with CM chemicals showing up in rural wastewater systems. This is probably due to the manufacturers thinking they are safer and less detectable in smaller communities. Less Police presence is usually true in small towns and in some cases the only law enforcement is the deputy sheriff that has too many

miles to cover in one shift.


The other issue is the use of mobile CM labs. We are seeing an escalation in the use of mobile CM labs, in the form of campers, motor homes, RV's and travel trailers. This allows the CM cookers to move from town to town and create less suspicion. Also, they can discharge chemicals through any RV dump station, or in some cases any manhole in the street.


What are some of the indications you may have been hit with CM chemicals? The first one is that your system has died. This can happen to any type of system from lagoons to mechanical. There are reports of 2MGD activated sludge plants being killed with CM. Across the west, we are seeing several lagoon systems impacted each month. In some cases, there are systems that are being killed monthly.


Click here to view Full Length Article and the Spring 2013 Issue of The Wyoming Connection

NDRWSA Introduces It's Newest Staff Member 

My name is Ward Heidbreder and I started with NDRWSA in mid June, 2013 as the circuit rider for western North Dakota.  I was formerly employed with the City of Stanley as their city coordinator.  I am class 1 certified in water treatment and distribution and waste water collection and treatment, by the ND Dept. of Health.  My experience includes water distribution, pipeline management, water storage issues, SCADA, leak locating, line locating, pipe fitting and hydrant repair. I am also familiar with water wells and well field development and have assisted in developing several bulk water fill stations. 

Having served as a board member of the Western Area Water Supply Authority, I am also experienced with issues facing rural water systems in the state.

I was born and raised in Stanley and still reside there. My wife, Julie and I have 3 children.  Brandon is a notification/application software programmer in Boulder, CO, Brenna is a student at the University of Mary in Bismarck and Matthew is a student at Stanley High School.  I am a veteran of the US Marine Corp.  In my spare time I enjoy camping, hunting, fishing, watching high school sports and spending time with family.

I look forward to serving the members of NDRWSA.

Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendar 

August 5 - 8, 2013

Control Valves, Pump Stations, and Satellite Based AMR

Four Regional Locations Across the State


August 13 - 15, 2013

Water Loss & Pressure Management

Ferguson Waterworks

Bismarck, ND


August 27-28, 2013

ICS/NIMS Training & NDWARN Event

NDDoH Environmental Training Center

Bismarck, ND


Visit our website to register for any of these training sessions.


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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