Read recent news announcements and events below:
What's Up With Water
March 30, 2020 Podcast
ARWA was featured in this podcast!
Your "need to know" news of the world's water from Circle of Blue including a story on the coronavirus and small utilities (including ARWA!). - Listen -
Circle of Blue is informing the world’s most important decisions about water, food, and energy in a changing climate.
2020-2021 Educational Scholarship Awards
Applications for the 2020-2021 Scholarships are due April 17, 2020. ~ Learn More ~
May is time for ARWA to offer assistance to young graduates who are interested in continuing their goals to include a higher educational degree or certification.
Awards of Excellence
Our annual Awards recognize water and wastewater operators, managers and others for excellence. The 2020 award winners will be recognized at the Awards Luncheon at the rescheduled Annual Conference in July!
ARWA's 42nd Annual Technical Training Conference
July 5 - 8, 2020 -
We rescheduled the conference!
Special Note on CCRs
ADEM changed the Consumer Confidence Report Certification Form. To monitor the update and get a copy, go to their website at this link: adem.state.al.us/programs/ water/drinkingwater.cnt
Need assistance with your CCR preparation?
More Job Opportunities
There are more great opportunities on our Classifieds page.
2019 State Drinking Water Taste Test Winner
Perdido Bay Water, Sewer & FPD
The 2020 Water Taste Test will be July 7, 2020 at the conference.
ARWA Apprenticeship Program is a Reality!
At the 2018 Annual Technical Training Conference, the ARWA and the DOL adopted the Standards of Apprenticeship for the job of Wastewater System Operator with the ARWA. We are taking applications to sponsor apprentices who wish to become Wastewater Operators. Read more about the new apprenticeship program .
Roby Visits Alabama
Thursday, April 5, 2018, Mike Albares, Legislative Director for Congresswoman Martha Roby, Alabama's 2nd Congressional District Representative, joined the Alabama Rural Water Association's Executive Director, Kathy Horne, on a tour of a couple of rural water systems in the 2nd District. These systems are similar in the fact that they both serve rural Alabamians and have both been able to benefit from Federal and State funds made available to support rural water utilities provide vital services to the people of Alabama. Read more .
NRWA Emergency Response Training
ARWA Hosts Training in Orange Beach
Waterline, Spring 2018, By Rob White IV, ARWA Deputy Director - Each year, members of the National Rural Water Association’s Emergency Management Committee join together for a day and a half of emergency response training. This year Alabama was chosen as the host state for this event, and what better place to go than Orange Beach for such an occasion? Read the story, 2018_NRWA Emergency Response Training .
Operator Certification Exam Location Changes
The Alabama water and wastewater operator exams are administered at one of the Computer Based Test (CBT) Exam Centers owned and operated by a company called PSI/AMP. (Formerly Applied Measurement Professionals, PSI has acquired AMP.) This article describes the process and provides the new locations. Operator Certification Exam Location Changes
Articles of Interest
Mike Baumgartner, ARWA Wastewater Technician, Waterline, Summer, 2018. - The oxidation of nitrogen in wastewater treatment is done in three steps. The first step is not talked about much. The process is Ammonification. This is the oxidation of amino acids and urea to Ammonium / Ammonia. The second step is the conversion of Ammonium to Nitrite (No2). Lastly, the process of de-nitrification is the conversion of Nitrate (No3) to Nitrogen Gas and ultimately released to the atmosphere. There are two types of bacteria that are in play. Nitrifying bacteria are called “Nitrosomes” and De-nitrifying bacteria are called “Nitrobacter”. - More -
Importance of Work Orders
Robert White, IV, ARWA Deputy Director, Waterline, Summer, 2017. - Every once and awhile, the ARWA gets a call from a system that has experienced a dramatic turnover of employees or decisionmakers and has fallen into an area of danger that might jeopardize system operations. - More -
Don’t Let Your Data Retire
David Brooks, Circuit Rider, ARWA Energy Circuit Rider, Waterline, Summer, 2017. - He was at the shop 15 minutes before anyone else every morning, mainly because he liked the coffee made his way and the truck warm before we left. He was always looking out the passenger window as we rode the system, always looking for leaks. He could tell you the story behind almost every repair he’d ever made on the system. - More -
Using the Microscope
Mike Baumgartner, ARWA Wastewater Technician, Waterline, Summer, 2017. - One of the most important tools used in process control of an activated sludge plant is the microscope. Because microorganisms follow distinct patterns in all activated sludge systems, it is possible to determine the operating characteristics of various biological systems by performing microscopic exams. - More -
Oxygen and Utilization
Mike Baumgartner, ARWA Wastewater Technician, Waterline, Spring, 2015. - Dissolved oxygen or D.O. is a term we use in the wastewater business quite often. It is one of the big three parameters we control in order to have a successful process. The other two are control of organics (food) and population of microorganisms. Let’s discuss D.O. and how it is utilized.
- More -
Immunizations for Utility Personnel
Mike Baumgartner, ARWA Wastewater Technician, Waterline, Spring, 2014. -Lately, I have been asked about immunization or vaccination needs for wastewater operators. First, I can only share my experiences while working for a municipality in our neighboring State of Florida. The immunization program was part of the safety section of the policy manual.
- More -
2021 AL-FL Joint Technical Training Conference
Thanks to all who participated! Images coming soon.
Mark your Calendar for the next
AL/FL Joint Technical
May 16-18, 2022
Panama City Beach, FL
- Info Coming Soon! -
Thanks for Coming!
ARWA's 43rd Annual Technical Training Conference
March 14-17, 2021
Rural Water Rally, NRWA, Washington DC
ARWA Annual Technical Training Conference - More information plus highlights of past Conterences
Alabama/Florida Joint Technical Training Conference - More information plus highlights of pastConferences
Open for Registration
Water Certification Classes
Water I-II | September 27th
Water III-IV | September 28th
Wastewater III-IV | November 2nd
See all open CEH classes
in our new training section at
ARWA's 43rd Annual Technical Training Conference (W/WW)
March 14-17, 2021
See Event Pictures
Utility Management Certification
Schedule your own
On-site CEH Training
Water Loss Protection
The ARWA/NRWA ServLine Program protects your utility against losses from customers’ water leaks, and provides the opportunity for them to add service line repair replacement protection.
Alabama Rural Water Association is a non-profit organization representing water and wastewater systems serving rural communities and towns and commercial firms which support these systems.
We provide assistance to comply with State and Federal regulations, to help with management and operational problems, and to stimulate training initiatives.
GET IN TOUCHAlabama Rural Water Association
2576 Bell Road
Montgomery AL 36117
Phone: (334) 396-5511
Fax: (334) 396-7090