Municipalities must speak with a clear voice on legislative and public policy water issues. The Oklahoma Municipal Utility Providers (OMUP) was created as a legislative action group. OMUP will educate and update municipalities on the status of ongoing water issues, including funding, new regulations, NOV’s and consent orders and more.
As a legislative action group, Oklahoma Municipal Utility Providers will:
· Review proposed legislation and advise OML on water issues;
· Represent municipal water interests to the legislature with a clear united voice;
· Explain to legislators that the Rural Water Association does not represent municipal water interests; and
· Initiate discussions between municipal authorities and rural water districts that … clarify territorial rights and contract agreements … promote fairness to both parties and … promote economic growth to rural Oklahoma.
OMUP is committed to provide a clear voice focused on municipal water issues at the legislature. OMUP will educate municipalities about their rights and responsibilities resulting from litigation between rural water districts and cities and towns.
30-40% of municipalities are now under DEQ consent orders with new EPA regulations on the way. With $5.4 billion in infrastructure needed over the next 20 years, towns and cities need to work together for REAP grants, CDBG, the Revolving Loan Fund and Rural Development Programs. Becoming a member of OMUP will help your municipality find the resources it needs to keep your municipal water supply funded and up-to-date with the new regulations.
OMUP Drip Grip e-mails keep members up-to-date on water issues, regulations and other events around Oklahoma.
OMUP also provides training for water/wastewater operators and personnel. DEQ Operator Renewal credits are available at the annual OMUP/OML Water Summit and other training workshop held throughout the year.
Water is big business in Oklahoma. Please join OMUP now to help keep your municipality afloat.