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National Rural Water Association through its State Rural Water affiliates is the nation’s largest water and wastewater utility membership association with over 31,000 members.


Apprenticeship Program

It takes more than 380,000 highly skilled water and wastewater personnel to ensure the public supply of safe drinking water and to protect our lakes, streams and groundwater. Advancements in water treatment and supply technology have increased the skills and training required of this workforce. Water professionals are ultimately responsible for meeting stringent regulatory standards, replacing aging infrastructure, recruiting and training new operations specialists, and responding to and recovering from disasters.

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Technical Assistance and Training

Rural Water is the premier trainer of the water and wastewater industry.  State Rural Water Associations train over 100,000 people annually. Rural Water training and technical assistance helps communities comply with the the Safe Drinking Water Act and Clean Water Act.  Our Association believes in empowering local entities by providing the knowledge and resources they need.

 

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Support Rural Water

NRWA is a grassroots organization founded on the principle of neighbors helping each other.  Membership dues allow NRWA to provide critically-needed assistance to rural and small communities, and represent their interests in Washington, D.C.  Get involved with great people, stay on top of events that affect you, and support America’s water and wastewater professionals!  Become a member of NRWA today.

 

News:


Water Project

By Dennis Berkey, Sixth Grade Teacher, Westview Elementary Originally featured in Alliance of Indiana Rural Water’s Hoosier Pipeline. Students at Westview Elementary School are becoming experts in water. This rural school with a large Amish population is located in LaGrange County. Sixth graders are building “pond” ecosystems and monitoring the water quality. Teachers and students love this hands-on approach to…read more →

Utility Management Certification Reaching Far and Wide

Today, the water and wastewater industry is more complex than ever before. Economics, increased complexity in regulatory requirements and a changing society are crafting the water and wastewater systems of tomorrow. As our industry changes, there is a strong need to recognize the individuals who provide management leadership to the industry and create a standard for the future manager to…read more →

NRWA Opens 2020 Rural Water Rally with Speeches from Senator Roy Blunt and Deputy Undersecretary for USDA Rural Development DJ LaVoy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Rural Water Association opened the 2020 Rural Water Rally with approximately 280 rural water professionals in attendance on February 4 in Washington, D.C. VIP speakers Senator Roy Blunt from Missouri and DJ LaVoy, Deputy Undersecretary for USDA Rural Development, spoke to Rural Water Rally attendees. Blunt expounded on the importance of small water systems and…read more →

Planning for the Future with a Source Water Protection Program

Originally featured in Kentucky Rural Water Association's magazine Waterproof. By Matt Glass, Source Water Specialist Drinking water sources are subject to a variety of contaminants and Source Water Protection (SWP) can be considered the front-line defense against the impacts of the pollutants. The fact that water utilities spend a significant amount of money each year on protection-related measures shows our…read more →
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