|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