A statewide organization of municipal utilities has presented Rolla Municipal Utilities (RMU) with the 2014 System Achievement Award.

A statewide organization of municipal utilities has presented Rolla Municipal Utilities (RMU) with the 2014 System Achievement Award.
The award, presented by the Missouri Public Utility Alliance (MPUA), is given in recognition of a member utility providing exceptional quality of improvements in service to its customers.
“Rolla Municipal Utilities’ recent achievements have been widely recognized by other municipal utilities statewide,” said Duncan Kincheloe, CEO of MPUA. “Its leadership has served as a model for the continued success of municipal utilities, across Missouri and nationwide.”
In recent years RMU has accomplished extensive improvements to infrastructure on both its water and electric systems. Water improvements have included replacing 60 percent of Rolla's water main with PVC since the mid-1990s, and a new water service line replacement project started this year.
In 2005, Rolla received a Class 1 ISO rating for RMU's water system, primarily due to increased water storage capacity, larger mains producing better flow rates and fire hydrant replacements.
In RMU’s electric operations, a $15 million power supply infrastructure project finished in 2011 completed a substation built entirely from the ground up by RMU personnel, including 8 miles of higher-capacity line.
RMU also worked with the city of Rolla on a successful pilot project for new LED street lighting that RMU officials hope will expand to serve main streets and highways.
RMU has also improved local services with an in-house tree trimming program, in-house engineering capabilities and a fleet management and maintenance program staffed by utility crews.
MPUA’s annual awards are made in recognition of achievement and distinction among professional peers with Missouri’s municipal utilities.