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The position of Special Services Representative involves problem solving assistance and training for water and wastewater utilities in areas of financial, technical and managerial operations. It requires management experience and strong organizational and communication skills. Position Description

2018-2019 Educational Scholarship Awards

JAG ScholarshipMay 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. Meet this year's Recipients.

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2018 ARWA
Awards of Excellence

Our annual Awards recognize water and wastewater operators, managers and others for excellence. The Awards Ceremony is focused on the Iindividuals that manage and operate Alabama's Public Water Utilities so efficiently that everyone expects clean water to flow from the tap every time it is turned on.
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2018 Water Taste Test

water dropThe Winner of the 2018 Water Taste Test is Leeds Water Works Board

The runner up is Freemanville Water System.

Read the full story in the Waterline, 2018 Water Taste Test PDF file.

ARWA Apprenticeship Program

During the 40th Annual Technical Training Conference, the Alabama Rural Water Association and the Department of Labor held a signing ceremony, formally adopting the Standards of Apprenticeship for the job of Wastewater System Operator with the Alabama Rural Water Association.  The ARWA is immediately taking applications to sponsor apprentices in the State of Alabama who wish to become Wastewater Operators. Read more about the new apprenticeship program PDF file.

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 PDF file.

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 PDF file.

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

Nitrogen Conversion

Mike Baumgartner, ARWA Wastewater TechnicianMike 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 DirectorRobert 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 RiderDavid 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 TechnicianMike 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 TechnicianMike 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.

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Immunizations for Utility Personnel

Mike Baumgartner, ARWA Wastewater TechnicianMike 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.

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ARWA 40 years of service

New! To provide our members with additional protection, we have implemented a Secure Certificate on our website. This authenticates the ARWA website and encrypts transmitted data such as name and contact information. You will see a lock symbol, a green color, or the https:// secure protocol in the address bar of your browser.

ARWA Events

Rural Water Rally, NRWA, Washington DC - 2018 Highlights (pdf)

ARWA Annual Technical Training Conference - Planning for the 2019 Conference is underway. Now is a good time to reserve your room in Mobile for March 17-20, 2019. Exhibitor and Attendee Registration will be opening in the next 6 weeks. - More information plus highlights of the 2018 Conterence

Alabama/Florida Joint Technical Training Conference - More information plus highlights of the 2018 Conference

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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.

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Alabama Rural Water Association
2576 Bell Road
Montgomery AL 36117 
Phone: (334) 396-5511
Fax: (334) 396-7090 


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