ORWA System Membership
Membership in ORWA helps sustain important training and technical assistance programs that help improve system operations and management, saves systems money and enhances compliance with federal drinking water regulations. Your support helps build a stronger, more effective association to serve you and represent your views on important legislative issues.
Founded in 1970
Legislative Voice for Rural Water Systems
Conducts Training Classes Across Oklahoma
A Staff with Extensive Field Experience
Annual Membership Dues include a $90.00 base, plus $0.90 per connection with a maximum of $4,000.00.
(Systems may also voluntarily contribute to our scholarship fund and apprenticeship program)
Member Benefits Include
- Reduced Workers Compensation through Group Purchasing
- Competitive Property and Casualty Insurance
- Reduced Pricing for Conferences and Other Fee Based Services
- Receive the ORWA Annual Report
- Receive the ORWA Directory
- Fleet Vehicle Purchasing Program
- Free Classified Advertising on Our Website
- Low Interest Loan Program
- Voice in Association Affairs
- State and Federal Legislative Representation
- Legislative Updates
- Promotional Literature
- Board Member Training
- Operator Renewal Training
- Operator Certification Training
- Priority Technical Assistance
- Water Audits
- Water and Sewer Rate Studies
- Financial Management Assistance
- Long Range Planning Assistance
- Emergency Response Planning
- Capacity Development Assistance
- System By-Laws Review
- Policies and Procedures Review
- And Much More…
Fleet Vehicle Purchasing Program Eligibility
- Water and wastewater systems who are members of the National or Oklahoma Rural Water Association.
(Ford Motor Co requires All Members to have a Drinking Water or Water Treatment Certification Number which must be noted on the member certificate) – Any questions, please call: 405-282-3800.
- The vehicle must be titled in the company name that matches the membership certificate.
- Rural Water Association membership must be active for at least 30 days prior to the purchase of the new vehicle.
Note: You will be asked to log in with your passport to contine the application and renewal process. If you forgot the password to your Rural Water Passport account, you will need to follow the workflow to reset it.
Alternatively, if your system has never been a member of ORWA: Apply Today
A Non-Profit at Your Service
A non-profit organization here to assist Oklahoma’s water and wastewater systems with day-to-day operations and management, respond to emergencies, get necessary training, and improve system sustainability.
A Strategic Alliance
The Oklahoma Strategic Alliance was ratified in 2019 by Governor Stitt, which created a partnership with the Oklahoma Secretary of Energy & Environment, Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, the Oklahoma Rural Water Association and Oklahoma Water Resources Board, shortly joined thereafter by the Oklahoma Municipal League.
Together these organizations have combined knowledge & resources to help Oklahoma’s water and wastewater systems improve their sustainability, and ensure safe, plentiful water, and a clean environment for generations to come.
Membership Focused, Membership Driven
ORWA meets members’ needs by conducting over 170 operator and board member training classes each year, reaching over 3,300 operators, managers, and board members across the state.
Leadership for Tomorrow
ORWA launched its Apprenticeship program with the goal to meet the critical need for training and capable water and wastewater operators in the state.
A Needed Voice
ORWA is the legislative voice for the Oklahoma water and wastewater utilities at the state capitol, and as a founding member of the National Rural Water Association, speaks on behalf of its member systems in Washington D.C.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Disasters can strike without warning. To provide immediate assistance, ORWA is proud to provide the SoonerWARN network, a system of formalized mutual aid linking impacted systems with resources and help to cope with extreme weather events, major line breaks and plant failures, and other crisis-level situations.
A Partner with You
The strength of rural Oklahoma lies within its rural water and wastewater systems. Together with your partnership, ORWA can continue to serve and support these critical infrastructure systems, helping build a sustainable Oklahoma for future generations.