WVRWA's Circuit Rider Program

With almost 1,300 contacts per year, WVRWA's Circuit Riders, Mike Hersman, Bertis McCarty, Danny Vestal and Heather Somers have come to know and understand the needs of the state's rural water systems. Mike Hersman, Circuit Rider #1, covers the north west portion of the state. Bertis McCarty, Circuit Rider #2, serves West Virginia's central portion. Danny Vestal, Circuit Rider #3, serves the southern portion of the state. For many systems, WVRWA circuit riders are the only technical support those utilities receive.

The House appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies along with the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, and Related Agencies fund the program in the annual fiscal year appropriations bill. The program funding is then administered by the Rural Utilities Service. The Rural Water Circuit Rider Technical Assistance Program is managed by the National Rural Water Association and operated by state member water associations.

The program consists of providing on-site, hands-on assistance to Rural Utilities Service (RUS) water system borrowers and/or potential borrowers. Circuit Riders provide assistance and training to the systems in all areas of management, operation, and maintenance to ensure financial viability for repayment of RUS loans. West Virginia Rural Water Association Circuit Riders logged over 1,300 hours at systems in each of West Virginia's 55 counties during 2006.

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Mike Hersman
WVRWA
Circuit Rider
#1

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Bertis McCarty
WVRWA
Circuit Rider
#2

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Danny Vestal
WVRWA
Circuit Rider
#3

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Heather Somers
WVRWA
Circuit Rider
#4

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On-Site Technical Assistance is provided in each of West Virginia's 55 counties and has saved many small rural water systems valuable time and money.