September 2017

In This Issue
2017 Annual Conference
Hurricane Preparedness
Changes to RIA Process
Telluride Saves Nearly $50,000 per Year with Energy Upgrades
Harmful Algal Blooms
Pruitt Taps Controversial Alabama Official
Upcoming Workshops

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South Carolina Rural Water Association
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2017 Annual Conference Postponed
Due to Hurricane Irma, SCRWA decided last week to postpone our 2017 Annual Conference. The Conference will now be Monday - Wednesday, December 4-6 at the same location - Marriott Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach.
The Marriott has cancelled all rooms however you are responsible for re-booking your rooms for the December Conference. Online reservations can be made now here or you can call the Marriott at 843-449-8880. Visit the SCRWA website for additional information about the date change of our 2017 Annual Conference. 


Hurricane Preparedness

With Hurricane Jose on the heels of the recent destruction left by Hurricane Irma's landfall in FL, be prepared with the following resources.
  • Check SC Emergency Management Division's website for up-to-the-minute reporting and emergency planning assistance.
  • For utility specific hurricane preparedness measures and useful resources, download the EPA's Incident Action Checklist for hurricanes here.
  • If your system has a recovery or resource need, feel free to contact any of our SCRWA staff for assistance. Click here for a staff listing

SCRWA is a proud supporter of the SCWARN network and utilizes its web based resource database as its primary emergency assistance resource tool. 
  • There is no cost to become a member of WARN and no obligation to respond. The SCWARN Agreement meets the pre-response paperwork requirements needed between utilities to meet eligibility for FEMA reimbursement in the case of a declared Natural Disaster.
  • If your utility is not currently a member of the SCWARN Utility-to-Utility Mutual Aid Network, please fill out the three forms found on the SCWARN website (here). Email the completed forms to or fax to 803.728.0215.
  • Click here for more information about WARN.

Changes to RIA Process
Because of the potential impact Hurricane Irma will have on South Carolina, RIA is making some changes to the application deadline and submission process. The deadline for application submission is being extended to Monday, September 18, 2017 at 5:00 pm. RIA will also accept applications submitted electronically, as well as submissions by mail or hand-delivery. However, please check to make sure the RIA offices are open before planning to make a hand-delivery.
See requirements for electronic submissions here.
Telluride Saves Nearly $50,000 per Year with Energy Upgrades    
TELLURIDE, Colo. - The Town of 
Telluride , Colo. has made a series of  energy efficiency upgrades to the water and wastewater treatment facilities that are saving nearly $50,000 per year, with new improvements set to provide even more savings when completed. Improvements include motor capacitors, geothermal heating and cooling, solar power and micro hydroelectric power generation.

Read full article here.

Harmful Algal Blooms  
Harmful algal blooms are a major environmental problem in all 50 states. Known as red tides, blue-green algae or cyanobacteria, harmful algal blooms have severe impacts on human health, aquatic ecosystems and the economy. 

Find additional information here

Pruitt Taps Controversial Former Alabama Official to Lead Region 4 
August 21, 2017
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has named former Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) chief Trey Glenn to head the agency's Region 4, marking Pruitt's first appointment of a regional administrator. 

Read full article here.


Upcoming Workshop
Fiscal Sustainability Planning & Asset Management - Thursday, October 5 at SCRWA's Office in Irmo. (Flyer and agenda attached here)