North Carolina Rural Water Association Executive Director Daniel Wilson was elected President of the Association Executives of North Carolina (AENC) at AENC's Annual Business Meeting held in Charlotte, NC on July 22, 2019.
Established in 1955, AENC strives to promote and improve professionalism and effectiveness of trade, service and professional associations. AENC accomplishes this by providing opportunities for career and leadership development, expanding and strengthening diversity amongst association professionals, advancing public understanding of the importance of associations, and providing opportunities that promote mutually supportive and beneficial relationships between association professionals and providers to the industry.
The members of AENC lead organizations that represent a wide variety of industries
and interest areas all across North Carolina. In service to AENC members, Mr. Wilson
will work with the Board of Directors and committees to advance the mission and
strategic plan of the organization.
Following his election, Mr. Wilson addressed the AENC members gathered at the
annual meeting in Charlotte NC. In a heartfelt speech, he promised to "give the people what they want" during his time as AENC president and went on to thank his family, friends and NC Rural Water Association for their continued support.
Daniel Wilson has been Executive Director of the North Carolina Rural Water
Association since 2007. He has a BS in Civil Engineering from UNCC and an MBA from
ECU. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and a Certified Association Executive. In
his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family on the beaches of North Carolina near his home in Wilmington.
Today, people across the United States will celebrate the founding of our nation, most with some combination of barbecue, parades, flags, family and fireworks. The Rural Water Family prides itself on both its love of country and dedication to community. The efforts of the water industry often go overlooked, but before this holiday season, take a moment to consider that our Independence Day Celebrations would look much different without Rural Water.
One of the hallmarks of Independence Day celebrations are fireworks displays. The American Pyrotechnics Association estimates that more than 14,000 professional firework displays light the skies on July 4. Another 238 million pounds of amateur fireworks are launched from backyards, parks and streets across the country. The same water utilities that provide quality drinking water are also the primary source of water for fire fighters to combat the estimated 16,000 fires started by fireworks every year.
Benchmarks vary by jurisdiction, but one standard requires water systems be able to supply an extra 250 gallons per minute over the utility’s maximum daily rate, sustained for at least two hours. That’s the rough equivalent of the daily water use of the average house every minute. Rural Water professionals make roughly 30,000 on-site technical assistance visits annually, that include everything from hands-on repairs and leak detection to managerial assistance and rate studies. Rural Water also trains over 100,000 utility personnel every year to ensure communities can provide both the quality of water necessary for drinking and also the quantity needed for fire protection.
Many people will choose to celebrate Independence Day at a lake, river or outdoor location. AAA estimates that at least 42 million people will travel over 50 miles to celebrate Fourth of July, and many of them will do so at lakes and rivers. Lake Mead, by itself, is expected to host over 100,000 visitors for Independence Day, according to the National Park Service.
The lakes and streams that host these Independence Day celebrations are protected by Wastewater Operations Specialists and Source Water Protection Specialists across the country. Wastewater treatment prevents gallons of waste and sewage from pouring into lakes, rivers and streams every day. Rural Water make roughly 20,000 on-site technical assistance visits a year to wastewater systems to help them maintain proper function. Rural Water Source Water Protection Specialists also created plans that provide additional protection from “non-point sources” that include runoff, drainage and seepage. These efforts help preserve the environment and keep lakes, rivers and streams safe for swimming, boating and fishing.
Rural Water also helps preserve the American cookout. Agriculture is one of the largest consumers of water and it is an industry overwhelmingly located in rural areas. Access to clean, reliable, and affordable water helps produce the 150 million hotdogs, 190 million pounds of beef and 700 million pounds of chicken consumed on Fourth of July.
The North Carolina Rural Water Association Board and Staff wishes you all a safe and happy Independence Day!!
This is a reprint from NRWA from 2018 by Carol Booth NRWA .
This year marked my twentieth NCRWA Annual Conference and Exhibition, and throughout those events, I have experienced a wide array of bumblings, equipment malfunctions, ghostly happenings in classrooms, strange beings wandering the hallways, and equipment disappearances. I learned throughout the years to just expect the unexpected and try to go with it, and solve as quickly as possible whatever the problem happens to be. There are more employees this year than any other, so understandably thanks to hard work on everyone’s part, things seemed to go about as smoothly as I can remember them going, that is except for a couple of probably unnoticed events, and if I don’t write at least one down, I am afraid it will pass into oblivion.
As in past years, I worked on the golf course helping to set up and get players registered, then I usually take a cart and cover half of the course, taking pictures of the players and making sure everything is going smoothly. This year our Director, Daniel Wilson, was situated out on one of the holes that was sponsored by one of our vendors, without a golf cart, meeting each of the players and taking a shot with each team as they played through. My travel through that half of the course took me to the hole that Daniel was manning. While waiting for players to come through and taking a few pictures, Daniel and I chatted a little, and soon I started to move on. When I asked if he needed anything, he said “no, just don’t leave me out here.” I went back to the clubhouse and had some lunch and waited for everything to wind down. I know that one other employee went out to pick up Daniel, but he wasn’t ready to come back in yet. I had a conversation with another employee and we reasoned that when the guys went out to pick up the sponsor signs, they would pick up Daniel also, so I helped get everything wrapped up at the clubhouse, never gave it another thought. Back at my room, I had the sort of half thought, I hope Daniel didn’t get left on the golf course.
Well, you guessed it. When I saw Daniel later that night I jokingly said to him, “Glad to see you here. I was hoping you didn’t get left out on the golf course.” To hear him tell the story gave me a great laugh, and he was a good sport to repeat it. You see, I guess he hadn’t had enough golf for the day, so as the teams started to dwindle down and no one else was in site, he wandered to other holes to hit a few more shots. Well, he wandered out of site of the sign that was posted on the hole where he had been stationed, and when he returned, the sign was gone. Employees had come through and picked up the sign and never saw Daniel, so he did get left. He wound up walking with his clubs back to his car, so not much damage done except for the fact that it makes for a great story that will probably follow him always, especially since I’m having it published on our blog.