The Arkansas Rural Water Association (ARWA) is a non-profit organisation that helps water systems with day-to-day operating and managerial issues. We have skilled and licenced operators on staff who are familiar with all elements of water system operations and management and who are available to assist you at any time. We run training sessions all across the state. Operators and management employees receive informative and up-to-date knowledge from well-known water industry expertise. In 1977, the Arkansas Rural Water Association (ARWA) was founded. Prior to then, rural and small utilities in Arkansas had little to no say in legislative and regulatory matters, and there was no training or on-site technical assistance provider in the state to help them with their systems. With over 600 utility members, ARWA is now the largest water and wastewater utility membership association in the state.
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The Arkansas Rural Water Association (ARWA) was formed in 1977. Prior to that, rural and small utilities in Arkansas had little if any voice in legislative and regulatory issues and NO training and on-site technical assistance provider in the state to assist utilities with their systems needs. Today, ARWA through its member utilities in the state is the largest water and wastewater utility membership association with over 600 utility members. The ARWA Headquarters was relocated from Little Rock, Arkansas to Lonoke, Arkansas in December 1999. The ARWA Dale Bumpers Rural Water Training Facility is the focal point of the training for utilities in the 11,000 square foot training facility located on seven acres. The facility has three classrooms, a wet-lab and a mini water system designed for classroom and hands on training for the operator. ARWA has trained over 2,000 water or wastewater operators in 2011. These services and many more, specific to your utility, are available through ARWA. ARWA is governed by a sixteen member non-paid Board of Directors which are elected from the member utilities throughout the state. The state has been divided up into eight districts, with the voting membership in each of the districts electing two directors to represent that district on the ARWA board.