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The staff of Rural Water Association of Utah (RWAU) provides training and onsite technical assistance as well as management and financial assistance to water and wastewater systems in Utah that are under 10,000 population. RWAU is a nonprofit association with hundreds of systems as members and hires only experienced water and wastewater professionals, averaging more than 18 years in the industry, with convenient access to industry experts. Training and on-site work is supported by a series of State and Federal contracts and grants that promote safe water for our communities. We are also funded by our membership.
The Rural Water field staff provides one-on-one on-site assistance with no charge to the system. A few examples of our services:
Drinking Water: Operation and maintenance, line location, leak detection, meter testing, treatment, chlorination, wells, trouble-shooting, etc. Specialized technical assistance is provided to small systems that are not in compliance with the Utah drinking water regulations.
Wastewater: Treatment processes, chlorination, safety, profiling of lagoons, discharge monitoring reports, collection systems, operation and maintenance, trouble-shooting.
Management-Mayors, Councils, Boards: Rate structuring, impact fees, grants and loans, ordinances and resolutions, bylaws, public relations, security planning and vulnerability assessments, conservation.
Source Water Protection Planning: Identifying potential sources of contamination, designing a protection plan that addresses your specific needs.
Consumer Confidence Reports: Template on disk and assistance in understanding and filling out your Consumer Confidence Report, report preparation for a small layout fee in a pleasing form for distribution to customers.
Computers: Assistance for small utilities on subjects ranging from billing programs to compliance reporting problems.
Legislative Monitoring: Year-round monitoring of legislative action on both the State and Federal level, updates on bills when water-related issues are up for a vote.
We conduct over 60 training seminars per year throughout Utah. Topics include:
Water: Operator certification, cross connection control certification, operation and maintenance, backflow prevention, automatic valve operation, disinfection procedures.
Wastewater: Operator certification, discharge monitoring reports, collection systems, operation and maintenance, treatment processes, chlorination, safety, profiling of lagoons.
Management & Financial: Consumer confidence reports, long-range planning, security planning and vulnerability assessments, water audits and rate structuring, conservation, assistance with regulatory compliance.
Conferences: Our Fall Conference located in northern Utah the week before Labor Day features the latest technology in the industry. Our Annual Conference in southern isolated in Saint George and is recognized as one of the best water conferences in the country.
Discounts for Training for Annual Conference, Northern Conference, Operator Certification Training (water and wastewater), and Cross-connection Control Training (certification and recertification). Discounts apply to every person in your organization.
Publications include our quarterly magazine The Connector and our quarterly management newsletter as well as training guides, technical bulletins, state and national publications.
Post Job Openings on our website to find the water and wastewater professionals you are looking for. SEE LINK
Sampling Discounts for water and wastewater by Chemtech Ford Labs.
Scholarship Program for children of employees, board members, and council members of our member systems.
Research Projects for developing solutions to problems and issues concerning rural water and wastewater utilities.
Fleet Vehicle Purchase Plan can save thousands of dollars on through a program offered by Ford. All water and wastewater systems who are RWAU members are eligible for the Ford Fleet program, giving you thousands of dollars of discounts. Heritage Motor company in Tremonton and Logan have been exceptional partners on our Fleet Program. Contact Shantell Cummins or Terry Smith at the RWAU office for more info 801-756-5123
At Rural Water, we know that providing clean, safe water for our communities, businesses, hospitals, and schools requires a great deal of dedication behind the scenes. We are here to help.
You are if you are a community, non-profit community, water or wastewater system engaged in the treatment or distribution of drinking water and/ or treatment or collections of wastewater, with a population under 10.000. If your population exceeds 10,000 you can still be a Voting Member, as long as you maintain your continuing membership status.Join as Voting Member
If you are a public water and wastewater system and do not meet the criteria of a Voting Member, then this is where you belong.Join as Supporting Member
Irrigation Companies are any mutual, private or public entity which exclusively serves water for the purposes of agriculture or lawn and garden use.Join as Irrigation Member
Associate Members are any firm, corporation, or organization providing services for our systems and who are devoted to assist the work of the Association.Join as Associate Member
If you are not affiliated with a System or Organization that may already have a membership, but still wish to have a membership with all the benefits and discounts, an individual membership is right for you.Join as Individual Member