Why did we form this association?
“Diligent effort shall be made by the District and Department to attain the most effective fire insurance rating for the area or areas being served.” – Contract for Fire Protection Service between DeSoto County, Mississippi, The Eudora Fire Protection District, and the Eudora Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.
For over a decade, the Eudora Volunteer Fire Department has been working towards lowering insurance ratings in the response area and ways to boost manpower during the daytime hours. We have continued to research and apply for grants, attended educational seminars, and talked with other volunteer fire departments to see if they had new ways to raise funds, etc. As we spoke to the departments, we realized other volunteer fire departments had the same issues we did and didn’t have new solutions. It became apparent that in order to meet our goals, we had to adapt, evolve, and think creatively without constraint.
That’s when we realized our path to a better community had already been here the whole time: the community water supply.
The primary goal of a community water system is to provide safe, sustainable drinking water to its members. Fire protection water supply is not mandated by the state for the installation of fire hydrants. The water supply for fire protection (Locations of hydrants, sizes of water mains, and water pressure) counts as 50% of our community’s fire insurance rating. Water Corporation’s employ workers during the daytime to maintain and operate the water system. After speaking and working with the North MS Utility Company, the idea became clear:
TO DEVELOP A NON-PROFIT WATER ASSOCIATION, SEPARATE FROM THE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, DEDICATED TO PROVIDING SAFE DEPENDABLE DRINKING WATER AND TO ADVANCE THE COMMUNITY’S FIRE PROTECTION SERVICES TO ITS MEMBERS.
The Eudora Utilities Association, Inc. was created January 15, 2015.