We are an association of water and wastewater systems in Idaho that serve populations of 10,000 or less. In addition to system members, IRWA is supported by larger municipalities, solid waste systems and industry vendors.
IRWA is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization governed by an eight-person Board of Directors comprised of volunteer professionals from member systems. Ten employees provide the operational and managerial support to the Association.
Operating as usual
Thank you to South Central Public Health District for hosting the event! We also want to thank the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, City of Rupert, City of Burley, Est. 1905, the City of Heyburn, and the City of Paul for their participation in this event!
A BIG THANK YOU to Heco Engineers for the kind words! And, thank you to everyone who came! We hope to see you all again in 2023!~
Register by April 19th by clicking here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3203302202273611279
IRWA has some amazing Circuit Riders who are also our breakfast chefs this morning before we start our all staff meeting! Yum, yum! 😋 Paul Sifford Dion Holton and Casey Fisher
A special thanks to Idaho’s congressional delegation, Senator Mike Crapo, Senator Jim Risch, Congressman Russ Fulcher, and Congressman Mike Simpson, and their staff for welcoming Idaho Rural Water Association to Washington DC to discuss rural water priorities including much needed infrastructure funding, the Circuit Rider program, and investments in the successful apprenticeship program.
Tune in to our Facebook Live Event at 12:15 pm ET as we crown a champion for the 2022 Great American Water Taste Test! 💦💧
Love my job!
Enjoyed a great day here in Washington D.C. at the hosted by National Rural Water Association (NRWA). Great Opening Session and we met met with Idaho’s elected officials as we discussed the challenges and successes of our industry.
Rural Water Advocates from across the country will gather this week in Washington, D.C. to promote our grassroots movement on The Hill! We look forward to seeing everyone this week.
💧 The average household's leaks can account for nearly 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year and ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day.
💧 Common types of leaks found in the home are worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves. These types of leaks are often easy to fix, requiring only a few tools and hardware that can pay for themselves in water savings.
💧 Fixing easily corrected household water leaks can save homeowners about 10 percent on their water bills.
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President Biden departs the White House South Lawn en route to Joint Base Andrews before heading to Europe to meet with fellow leaders in support of Ukraine.
We want to thank everyone who recently joined us for our pre-conference fundraisers held on March 8th! The proceeds from our golf tournament go towards the Tony Elfering Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to IRWA members and/or their dependents to help defray the costs of higher learning.
We also hosted a shotgun shoot. All proceeds go towards our Operations Specialist Scholarship initially set-up by MetroQuip to help operators earn their license or keep their license in the event their system couldn’t afford the cost or an operator fell on hard times.
Both fundraisers were GREAT successes! We had an AMAZING time with a record number of participants!
Thank you, Black Dog Clays and Warm Springs Golf Course Boise Idaho, for hosting our events!
UCMR5 to Require PFAS Testing Public water systems will be required to collect samples for 29 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and lithium
Meeting Dates: March 16, 2022 & repeated March 17, 2022
On December 27, 2021, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the final, fifth Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR 5) to establish nationwide monitoring for 29 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and lithium in drinking water (https://www.epa.gov/dwucmr/fifth-unregulated-contaminant-monitoring-rule). This action is essential to addressing the public health and environmental risks of PFAS in drinking water and marks a significant milestone in EPA’s PFAS Strategic Roadmap (https://www.epa.gov/pfas/pfas-strategic-roadmap-epas-commitments-action-2021-2024). EPA uses UCMR to collect occurrence data for priority unregulated contaminants in drinking water every five years.
The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), as amended by America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 continues to require all public water systems (PWSs) serving greater than 10,000 people to participate in UCMR. It now also requires all PWSs serving between 3,300 and 10,000 people to participate in UCMR (subject to the availability of appropriations and sufficient laboratory capacity) and specifies that a representative sample of systems serving fewer than 3,300 people participate. As planned, UCMR 5 will significantly expand the number of small PWSs (those serving 10,000 or fewer people) participating in the program, which will provide more Americans with a better understanding of potential contaminants in their drinking water. The rule requires participating drinking water systems to collect samples from 2023-2025 and report final results through 2026.
PUBLIC WEBINAR MEETING DETAILS
EPA will hold a virtual stakeholder meeting by webinar on March 16, 2022, and repeat the meeting on March 17, 2022. The purpose of the meetings is to discuss key aspects of the UCMR 5 final rule (https://www.epa.gov/dwucmr/fifth-unregulated-contaminant-monitoring-rule), including a general introduction to the UCMR program and a review of the following: PWSs subject to UCMR 5 requirements; analytes to be monitored and analytical methods to be used; monitoring locations and frequency; reporting requirements; ground water representative monitoring plans (GWRMPs); the laboratory approval program; and the functions of the web-based UCMR data-reporting system (“SDWARS”). For more details on the meetings and to register, please visit https://www.epa.gov/dwucmr/unregulated-contaminant-monitoring-rule-ucmr-meetings-and-materials. EPA anticipates hosting additional meetings focused on SDWARS and sample-collection in fall 2022.
Registrants will receive confirmations and further webinar information via email. Questions regarding webinar registration should be emailed to [email protected].
New Level III/IV Water Treatment Certification Review & Level III Water Distribution Review Training Register for Spring Conference and Pre-Conference Activities and March review classes Register for the 2022 IRWA Spring Conference Early Bird Registration Ends Friday, February 24 IRWA Spring Conferen
Are you ready to be a world record holder?
@Idaho Water Education Foundation invites you to join them and become a WORLD RECORD HOLDER while raising awareness of the importance of groundwater to Idaho and Idahoans.
Groundwater serves as the primary drinking water resource for nearly 95% of Idahoans. This project allows youth and adults across the state to connect in a unique way while celebrating groundwater.
By creating and submitting a short video you can participate in a world-record attempt promoting the value of clean, safe, and adequate groundwater supplies in our communities.
Learn more at http://idahowater.org/world-record/ and get ready to submit your video March 6 - 12, 2022!
BAT Re-Certification Training; Hands-On Valve class in Post Falls; Online training Register for Spring Conference and Pre-Conference Activities Register for the 2022 IRWA Spring Conference Early Bird Registration Ends Friday, February 24 IRWA Spring Conference March 9-11, 2022 The R
CALLING ALL SUPER HEROES! Only Three Days Left to Submit IDAHO RURAL WATER ASSOCIATION'S 2022 AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE! Submit your nominations no later than this Friday, February 4th, 2022! Recognizing the outstanding contributio
Extended Deadline. Don't Miss Out! Submit your nominations and applications today! We have extended the deadline for submissions! Don't miss your opportunity! Submit TODAY! 2022 Awards of Excellence Nominations Recognizing the outstand
SPRING CONFERENCE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR ATTENDEES! March 9th-11th, 2022 in Boise, ID Conference Registration is now open for Attendees! Click here to view additional conference information and to register! ~~~ If you are an Exhibitor and would like to
Risch, Kelly Introduce Bill to Boost Access to Clean Water with Smart Water Technologies Risch, Kelly Introduce Bill to Boost Access to Clean Water with Smart Water Technologies December 6, 2021 WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) introduced new legislation to boost access to clean and reliable water for families and businesses by supportin...
Idaho Water and Sewer Utilities – 5 Year Funding Needs Survey Time Sensitive! Please complete by December 10th IDAHO RURAL WATER ASSOCIATION WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! Help communicate the infrastructure needs of your community by completing this important surve
Class II Curriculum in January 2022 You don't want to miss this. Are you or someone on your team working toward a Class II license for water or wastewater? Looking for some solid training to set you up for success in an operation spe
To view the job description: https://www.idahoruralwater.com/Resources/Jobs/TabId/5608/ArtMID/18628/ArticleID/54136/TECHNICAL-TRAINER.aspx
Congress Passes Historic Infrastructure Bill Including Billions in New Federal Water Funds | NRWA Rural Water’s small and rural community membership secured a massive legislative victory on Friday when the House passed the Infrastructure Investment and
This weekend, the U.S. House of Representatives joined the U.S. Senate in passing the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal. This action unlocks billions of dollars to rebuild the infrastructure that every American community relies on. This historic legislation marks the single largest investment in water infrastructure that the federal government has ever made.
EPA Water invites your members to join Assistant Administrator Radhika Fox for a call on Wednesday, November 10th at 11 AM EST to discuss the water provisions in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal.
At the end of the call there will be time to answer questions from those in attendance. 📝 We ask that you submit 1-2 questions by 12pm on Tuesday, November 9th, and we will do our best to answer them on the call.
We look forward to working alongside you to implement this monumental investment and securing a clean water future for all.
JOIN THE CONSERVATION:
11 AM EST on Wednesday, November 10: https://bit.ly/3wuCP5K
No-Till November is here!
We are helping the US Department of Agriculture celebrate No-Till November. Our members around the state are reliant on resilient water conditions and this effort helps promote practices that do just that. Help us share the challenge of asking our farmers to keep their stubble.
More information found here. Look for our following post as we share stories of individuals adopting this practice.
Do you have a long-term technology plan for managing your water programs?
If you have gaps in data or inefficiencies in your current systems, it will be hard to keep up with new requirements like LCRR. It’s time to look at solutions that help you stay compliant — today and in the future.
Get advice from water industry executives in our 2021 Executive Report.
Advancing Idaho's early learning profession & advocating for children & families. Our vision is to see all children thrive wherever they play, learn & grow
Most over-the-air viewers and cable customers can experience the quality of Idaho Public Television programs on five free digital broadcast channels. We are Idaho's PBS affiliate. Find information and schedule grids for all channels at idahoptv.org.
Community Printmaking Studio & Workshop 530 W Myrtle St, Boise, ID 83702
The Morrison Knudsen Nature Center offers a one-of-a-kind fish and wildlife experience on a 4.6-acre site along the Boise River Greenbelt near downtown Boise. The Nature Center's stream walk and education building provide a glimpse of Idaho.
We are dedicated to promoting the preservation and improvement of the Boise Foothills. Our programmi
Promoting family consciousness and wellness at home, in the workplace, and in the community.
Idaho Parents Unlimited, Inc. supports, empowers, educates and advocates to enhance the quality of life for Idahoans with disabilities and their families.
Invite Inc. Helps families stay together.
Put an instrument in your hands and Play For Real!
Founded in 1956, the IFEA is the Premier Association Supporting and Enabling Festival & Event Professionals Worldwide.
Welcome Idaho TRIO Alumni Family and Friends.....I am looking for as many Upward Bound, ETS, VUB, SSS, UBMS and McNair students that I can find from our state. Spread the word, make TRiO connections, hear updates, and reconnect with old friends.
SBFC stewards the 4 million acre Frank Church and Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness areas across ID and MT. We are community of wilderness minded and hardworking individuals dedicated to bringing citizens and youth to wilderness to work, live, and play.