RAIN (River Alert Information Network) is a non-profit organization, closely collaborating with 51 public drinking water systems in western Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia that utilize the major rivers of the Ohio River Basin as their source water.
Each of the 51 member organizations are public water suppliers, and actively participate with RAIN on a voluntary basis. Together with RAIN, our initiatives include the ongoing development and build-out of an early warning spill detection system, and collaborative partnerships that assist in addressing and solving specific water quality concerns and disseminate this information to the public. The solutions RAIN provides would not be possible without the active interest and ongoing efforts of our members.
RAIN members represent a diverse group of water suppliers and public drinking water systems. They provide safe drinking water for their communities through various methods of water treatment. RAIN works in a proactive manner to address source water quality concerns, and to ensure safe and reliable sources of public drinking water for the region’s residents. These voluntary efforts include the development of an early warning spill detection system and collaborative partnerships that assist in addressing specific water quality concerns and public education.
Our water suppliers serve over 2 million residents in the Upper Ohio River Basin. The major rivers used as drinking water sources include: the Ohio, Allegheny, Monongahela, West Fork, Tygart, Buckhannon, Cheat, Youghiogheny, Beaver and Shenango. Our rivers played a significant role in the growth of our nation and continue to serve as a significant industrial and commercial navigational network enabling the responsible exploitation of regional mineral resources.
All of these rivers of ours—and the land they cut through—bear witness to the legacy of the industrial revolution, and the conditions and effects of modern times. Significant industrial issues include: coal mines (whether abandoned or active), iron and steel, glass and brick making, agriculture, railroads, highways, barge traffic, combined sewer/storm water overflows, and the effects of oil and gas development (including the current boom of shale natural gas). Whatever the challenge, RAIN will continue to proactively address and help solve water quality concerns that impact all of us.