About Us

About the West Virginia Rural Water Association

The mission or purpose of West Virgina Rural Water Association is to provide and promote the highest level of utility service, technical assistance, training, and advocacy for all West Virginia water and wastewater systems.  The vision of the West Virginia Rural Water Association is to be the recognized leader and respected voice for water and wastewater systems. 

West Virginia Rural Water Association History

The West Virginia Rural Water Association (WVRWA) was created in 1985 to provide technical assistance and training to the small water systems of West Virginia. Our programs consist of a wastewater program, and three water circuit rider programs. In 1998, a training specialist joined the WVRWA staff through what is now known as the Hours for Education and Learning Program (H.E.L.P.). A program for wastewater classroom training was added in July of 1999. WVRWA now has seven professionals working in the field providing on-site assistance to small public water and wastewater systems and non-community water systems. In addition to the field staff, our office is staffed with an executive director, bookkeeper, secretary/receptionist, and an information technology specialist.

WVRWA is an association of small public water and wastewater systems from throughout the state. The membership is comprised of several categories: Voting Members (public service districts and municipalities); Affiliate Members (private companies); Individual Members (people who, as individuals, support the goals of WVRWA); and three levels of Associate Members (companies who support WVRWA at various financial levels).

Funding for the organization comes from Association dues, grants from Rural Utilities Services for the Water Circuit Rider and Wastewater Programs, and the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health for the H.E.L.P. Program.

Other services provided by WVRWA include the publication of a quarterly magazine, "Mountain State Water Line," that contains timely and helpful technical information for systems throughout the state. The Association also holds an Annual Technical Conference in the fall of each year that provides an opportunity for small systems personnel to meet and learn from professionals in the water and wastewater fields.