Rural Water Circuit Rider Technical Assistance
The Rural Water Circuit Rider Program provides on-site assistance to help assure cost-effective operation and protection of Wisconsin’s investment in rural water systems. These efforts are directed toward unincorporated rural systems, tribal systems, small municipal systems and incorporated municipal systems under 10,000 population. WRWA Circuit Riders work alongside system personnel to train operators how to correct a problem rather than simply fixing it for them. They provide assistance in maintenance, management, treatment, compliance and environmental issues. Each year our Circuit Riders make over 400 onsite visits to communities in the state. It is a priority of WRWA water programs to provide high quality drinking water for WI residents therefore this assistance is provided at no charge to the systems and communities they serve.
In Wisconsin, the Rural Water Circuit Riders are:
Jeff La Belle
Area: Western side of the state
Area: Eastern side of the state
WRWA’s Source Water protection program began in July 2004. Funded through the USDA Farm Service Agency, it provides protection planning and technical assistance to communities throughout Wisconsin. Source water protection plans focus on protecting community drinking water supplies on a multijurisdictional basis. Source water protection plans can focus on a region working together or a municipality and its immediate neighboring townships to help safeguard drinking water sources. All services are provided at no cost.
This program also provides technical assistance to communities and systems having issues regarding their source water, contamination sources, protection ordinances, and other related issues. See the below documents for more information.
What is Source Water?
Source Water is the natural origin of the water we use on a daily basis. Source Water can be any water body, whether it is a spring, groundwater, or surface water that is used for drinking water, whether it is a private well or a Public Water System (PWS). “Public Water System” means a system for the provision to the public of piped water for human consumption, if such a system has at least 15 service connections or regularly serves an average of at least 25 individuals daily at least 60 days out of the year.
There are four classifications of Public Water Systems; Community Municipal Systems, Community Non- Municipal Systems (Other Than Municipal –OTM), Non-Transient Non-Community, and Transient Non-Community. See Appendix A for flow chart of different types of public water systems.
OTMN/NN Circuit Rider Technical Assistance
Wisconsin Rural Water Association works with systems that are Other Than Municipal (OTM), and Non-Transient /Non-Community (NN).
OTM/NN water systems are regulation by the Department of Natural Resources in order to ensure that they provide clean, safe drinking water. Wisconsin Rural Water’s OTM/NN program offers on-site visits to help water operators with samples, reports, treatments, water conservation and training. WRWA Circuit Riders work alongside system personnel to train operators how to correct a problem rather than simply fixing it for them. Each year our OTM/NN Circuit Riders make over 1,000 on-site visits to communities in the state. It is a priority of WRWA water programs to provide high quality drinking water for WI residents therefore this assistance is provided at no charge to the systems and communities they serve.
In Wisconsin the OTM/NN Circuit Riders are:
Area: South/South Eastern WI
Area: Northern WI
The Wisconsin Rural Water Association provides Training and Technical Assistance to operators of wastewater treatment systems in Wisconsin through two programs.
Much like its water oriented counterpart, the primary function of the Rural Water Training and Technical Assistance Program is to conduct training classes for wastewater system operators in the state. The classes provide certified training on all aspects of wastewater system operation and maintenance and are held in different locations throughout the state during the year. In addition to facilitating these classes, the WRWA Wastewater Trainer also provides onsite technical assistance to wastewater system operators.
WRWA Wastewater Trainer
Contact: (715) 340-2055
The Rural Wastewater Circuit Rider Technical Assistance Program utilizes a WRWA Wastewater Circuit Rider to provide onsite technical assistance to the managers and operators of rural wastewater systems in the state. Each year, the Wastewater Circuit Rider makes over 400 onsite visits to communities in the state providing them with assistance on the operations, maintenance, and management of their wastewater treatment systems.
WRWA Wastewater Circuit Rider
Contact: (715) 340-8827
Funding Sources Water and Wastewater
If you are in the early planning stages of your project, we encourage you to complete and submit a Preliminary Inquiry for Project Financing form. A Funding Sources Committee member will contact you to discuss planning for your specific project.