South Dakota Association of Rural Water Systems (SDARWS) Board Treasurer Rick Peterson of Vermillion is proud to announce that the organization has been named the top rural water association in the country by the National Rural Water Association (NRWA).
Accomplishments in the areas of training, technical assistance, public relations, legislative activities and member services enabled SDARWS to earn top honors Oct. 4 during the awards ceremony at the NRWA H20-XPO in Louisville, Kentucky.
"South Dakota Association of Rural Water Systems stood out in every category," SDARWS President Dan Carlson said. "The national recognition is well deserved. Our training and technical assistance programs keep city and rural water operators up-to-date on procedures and regulations affecting water systems, and our emergency response efforts during the Missouri River flood showed the government's confidence in our organization's capabilities."
"We see them as the best of the best," said NRWA Awards Committee Chairman Kent Watson. "This association has continually been at the forefront of service to its membership. They have excelled in obtaining funding at the state and national level to expand systems. They were the first to provide a service to its membership to personalize their quarterly publication (Quality On Tap magazine). This state association has also received national acclaim for its work in responding to a Native American water utility during an extended blizzard where they had extensive problems."
SDARWS Executive Director Dennis N. Davis accepted the award on the association's behalf. "State Association of the Year is the highest honor a state rural water association can receive from NRWA, and we are very proud of this accomplishment."
South Dakota Association of Rural Water Systems is a statewide member-based organization with offices in Madison and Spearfish to meet the needs of water and wastewater systems throughout South Dakota.