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Rhody Water an ‘Outstanding Performer’ posted on 01/01/2019

 (The cowboy rises from the card table, saunters over to the bar, knocks some dust from his chaps, sets a well-worn boot on the foot rail, leans in to the bartender, fixes him with his steely gray eyes, and says: “Yep, Steve. Believe I’ll have another a’them waters o’yers.”)

Around the Rhododendron Water Association (RWA), that scenario might not be that far-fetched.

The RWA, not unaccustomed to attracting accolades, added one more to its trophy case in November. The Oregon Health Authority bestowed the coveted “Outstanding Performer” citation for a water system that has demonstrated exceptional water treatment techniques, record keeping, stayed on schedule with all testing criteria, and was found to not have any reporting violations in the last three years.

Fewer than 10 percent of the 3,395 water systems in Oregon have received this outstanding designation.

“This award means a great deal to the association and the Board of Directors who make the hard decisions for the association,” said Steven Graeper, association president. “But most of all, the credit goes to the association water master, David Jacob. Without David’s skill and expertise in running water systems, RWA never would have achieved this milestone.”

Capturing the award brings with it the reduction of system surveys from every three years to once every five years, spreading the $2,700 cost of the survey over a longer time period.

Other water systems on the Mountain that have received the “Outstanding Performer” award include Salmon Valley Water, Alder Creek Barlow Water and Government Camp Water.

It’s our understanding that Steve’s Water Bar is open 24/7.

By Larry Berteau/MT




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