The National Rural Water Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to training, supporting, and promoting the water and wastewater professionals that serve small and rural communities across the country.
NRWA provides training and technical assistance through 49 affiliated State Rural Water Associations that currently have over 31,000 utility system members. Rural Water training and technical assistance covers every aspect of operating, managing and financing water and wastewater utilities.
NRWA provides training and technical assistance to all eligible water and wastewater systems, regardless of membership. Membership supports State Associations magazines, legislative representation and internal costs.
NRWA programs generally focus on assisting small and rural communities that serve less than 10,000 people. However, State Associations work in different ways with all sized systems, with many large cities demonstrating their support for Rural Water as members.
State Rural Water Associations have full-time staff and offices located throughout the country to serve all 50 states, tribally-owned systems, and the U.S. Territories. Due to geographic size, Connecticut and Rhode Island are most efficiently served by one combined State Association office.
Our mission is to strengthen State Associations.
Clean drinking water and safe wastewater treatment are vital to the health and safety of Americans. With the support of our State Associations, NRWA strives to protect the quality of life in America, while supporting the grassroots efforts required to help rural communities thrive.