About Technical Assistance Programs
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Water Circuit Rider Program:
TRWA’s three circuit rider programs cover the state assisting non-profit water supply corporations, water districts and small cities with less than 10,000 population. Circuit riders provide training and technical assistance to the operators, board members and office staff of these type systems in all aspects of water production, distribution, storage, treatment, management, operations, rate calculations and budget management.
Wastewater Training and Technical Assistance Program:
TRWA has two wastewater training and technical assistance providers who assist wastewater systems across the state. They provide training workshops across the state that address topics like wastewater operations and maintenance, testing procedures, rule updates, management, security and other topics as needed or requested that relate to wastewater. They also provide on-site technical assistance to non-profit wastewater systems, districts and small cities that have less than 10,000 population. This technical assistance deals with operations, maintenance, collection systems, treatment facilities, rates, management, rule changes, state laws and other topics or situations that occur in the wastewater systems.
Environmental Protection Agency Training and Technical Assistance Program:
This EPA program provides both on-site and formal training that is available to all investor owned utilities, non-profit wscs, districts and cities that have less than 10,000 population. This training and on-site assistance covers all topics and rules addressed in the Federal EPA Safe Drinking Water Act and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality rules relating to water systems. Some of these topics include operations, maintenance, treatment, distribution system, water loss, leak detection, rules and regulations, management, budgeting, rate setting, disinfection and other techniques and procedures used to provide safe drinking water to the customers. There are usually 12 to 15 training sessions that are conducted across the state that range from four to seven hours in length. Most of these training sessions are approved by the TCEQ for water operator renewal credit hours.
Asset Management Program (AMP):
This program requires that the systems whose water and or wastewater loans were sold by the FMHA back in 1987, 1988 and 1989 be contacted each year so that technical assistance can be provided and als
o to verify that the systems are maintaining their assets. This position can provide assistance in maintenance, operations, distribution, treatment, rates, finance, rules, state laws and any other topic or questions that these systems may have in the course of providing water and or wastewater to their customers.
Energy Efficiency Assessment Program
Texas Rural Water Association, in conjunction with National Rural Water and the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development, has begun to implement a program to assist the small rural water and wastewater systems by conducting Energy Efficiency Assessments on those systems. This project is a joint effort between the TRWA Energy Efficiency Circuit Riders (EECR) and the small water and wastewater systems governing bodies and employees. The system employees will provide system data to the TRWA EECR, resulting in a final report to be presented to the system. The report includes recommendations for potential energy savings by changes in operational procedures and an energy assessment of the major energy consuming equipment including motors, pumps, blowers, compressors, HVAC, lighting and building improvements. The energy assessment will outline potential savings resulting from replacing existing older, less-efficient equipment with new, energy-efficient equipment, as well as the estimated projected payback period from these energy savings. This service is offered to water and wastewater systems within the State of Texas who meet the qualifying criteria at no charge to the system.