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Estes Elected VRWA President

Mark Estes, operations manager of the Halifax County Service Authority, was elected president of the Virginia Rural Water Association (VRWA) at the VRWA Annual Technical Conference and Exposition held last week in Williamsburg.

Estes, who was elected as an at-large board member in March 2008, has been a member of the VRWA Board of Directors for the past five years and has chaired several committees including the membership and legislative committees and was VRWA’s representative in several national and state legislative advisory committees and work groups.

He also currently represents municipalities on the State Corporation Commissions Underground Damage Prevention Advisory Committee which advises the commission on affairs regarding utility related underground damage prevention and damage assessments.

VRWA is an affiliate state of the National Rural Water Association (NRWA). As such, VRWA incorporated in Virginia in 1988 as a non-profit, 501 (C3) corporation. At present some 210 utilities statewide are members of the organization, as are 25 associate members, 133 corporate members and 62 individual members.

VRWA’s primary purpose is to provide training and educational opportunities and on-site technical and managerial assistance to the hundreds of small and rural water and wastewater utilities across the commonwealth. All of these utilities serve under 10,000 populations.

VRWA is made up of a three-person office in Buena Vista and a field staff of seven individuals: a training specialist, board development specialist, two water system circuit riders, and three wastewater system technicians.

The office staff includes a financial office assistant, office support/administrative assistant, and an executive director.

VRWA provides on-site technical assistance and training as well as legislative representation in regulatory and environmental issues.

VRWA provides networking and representation to rural and municipal utilities and publishes a quarterly magazine (StreamLine).

Estes and his wife, Barbara, live in South Boston with their daughter, Beth. They also are the parents of five other grown children: three sons, Chris, Eric and Jason, and daughter, Cameron.