Clay Rural Water reps attend national rally

Clay Rural Water reps attend national rally Forty members of South Dakota Rural Water flew to Washington this week to lobby for rural water needs in South Dakota and to participate in the 15th annual National Rural Water Association (NRWA) Rally. Members representing nine systems participated.

Manager Greg Merrigan of Clay RWS is attending the rally to thank our congressional delegation and rural development for their past support and to let them know established systems still have funding needs.

Merrigan said the best part about lobbying in Washington is the "dedication of rural water members across the nation.

"It is their determination to come to D.C. to meet with our congressional delegation that makes all the difference," Merrigan said. "Strength comes in numbers and National Rural Water allows a platform for all rural water systems to work together."

Clay RWS is currently pursuing two rural development projects. They want to improve the capacity of their water plant and they want to expand into south Union County.

The 40-member rural water community planned to meet with Senators Tom Daschle and Tim Johnson and Congressman Bill Janklow to discuss the their plans and other National Rural Water issues.

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