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Nuss Named Rural Water Manager of the Year

Ron Nuss Rural Water Manager of the YearRon Nuss, Manager of Rural Water District No. 3 in Russell County, was recently named Rural Water Manager of the Year by the Kansas Rural Water Association.

The award was presented March 28 during the Association's 51st Annual Conference and Exhibition held at the Century II Convention Center in Wichita. The conference was attended by nearly 2,300 people from more than 300 cities and 200 rural water districts.

Nuss is a lifelong Kansan who has worked with the rural water district for the past 17 years. He began as the operator before moving into the manager position.

Nuss has been instrumental in having the water district mapping upgraded by GPS. 15 years ago he helped implement the telemetry system and just recently was responsible for upgrading that system.

In 2007, when the local telephone company installed fiber optic cable, he spent many hours keeping water flowing to customers even though the phone company plowed out many water lines.

"Ron's commitment to customers during this time was apparent as he was taking chemotherapy treatments and many days should have been home resting rather than working," commented Elmer Ronnebaum, General Manager of the Association.

District board members have been alerted by this manager that "business as usual" is not sustainable into the future due to high water loss. As a result, this 45-year-old district is seeking funds for a project to deal with water line leaks due to the original solvent welded PVC pipe and provide maintenance and upgrades at the standpipes and booster stations.

RWD No. 3 serves 487 customers along with maintaining 400 miles of pipeline. The district's water source is purchased from the City of Otis. They have customers in southern Russell County, northern Barton County, northeastern Rush County and two meters in southeastern Ellis County.

The Kansas Rural Water Association provides training and technical assistance to cities and rural water districts and wastewater utilities and also supports a variety of other community programs, including from GPS mapping services.

(Information and photo courtesy Kansas Rural Water Association.)

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