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Welcome toWyoming Association of Rural Water Systems

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Fleet Program - The National Rural Water Association has created partnerships with the Ford Motor Company and the Chrysler Group  to offer special fleet discounts to State Rural Water Associations and their utility system members.

Quality On Tap! - “Quality On Tap – Our Commitment, Our Profession” is a nationwide, grassroots public relations and awareness campaign designed especially for the drinking water industry.

Water University - Ready to renew your UMC certification? 

Rural Water Loan Fund - The RWLF provides low-cost loans for short-term repair costs, small capital projects, or pre-development costs associated with larger projects.

The Wyoming RATES Program is aimed at helping utilities set proper rates. The program is a collaboration between WARWS and GettingGreatRates.com. WARWS provides free basic rate setting help for water and sewer utilities when that is appropriate. GettingGreatRates serves most types of utilities when deeper analysis is needed. WARWS member systems get a 25% discount off GettingGreatRates’ fees, whether the rates being analyzed are for water or sewer, or some other utility. Membership has its privileges. Visit https://gettinggreatrates.com/WYRATES to learn all about this service.

If you have not had your utility rates examined recently, give WARWS a call and talk about it.

WARWS is a member of the National Rural Water Association (NRWA).

The National Rural Water Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to training, supporting, and promoting the water and wastewater professionals that serve small communities across the United States.  The mission of NRWA is to strengthen State Associations.

Learn more about WARWS & NRWA initiatives by visiting the NRWA web site.

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United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development
Lorraine Werner | Community Programs Director
U.S. Department of Agriculture
PO Box 11005 | Casper, WY 82602-5006
Phone: 307-532-4880
Lorraine.werner@wy.usda.gov
website: www.rurdev.usda.gov

Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality
Bill Tillman
State Revolving Fund Principal Engineer
Wyoming Water Quality Division
122 West 25th Street #4W, Cheyenne WY 82002
Ph. 307-777-6941 
william.tillman@wyo.gov
website: http://deq.state.wy.us/wqd/www/srf/index.asp

Wyoming State Land Investment Board (Slib)
Beth Blackwell
Grants & Loans Manager
State of Wyoming
Office of State Lands & Investments
122 West 25th Street #3W, Cheyenne WY 82002
phone: 307-777-6373
website: http://lands.state.wy.us/

Wyoming Water Development Commission 
Brandon Gebhart, P.E., Director
brandon.gebhart@wyo.gov
6920 Yellowtail Road, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002
Telephone: (307) 777-7626 
website: http://wwdc.state.wy.us/

UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY REGION 8

1595 Wynkoop Street DENVER, CO 80202-1129
Phone 1-(800) 227-8917


https://www.epa.gov/region8-waterops

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The Wyoming Rural Water Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to providing scholarships to Wyoming eligible high school seniors and also supports the technical assistance programs of the Wyoming Association of Rural Water Systems.  It is the hope of the Foundation that eligible seniors will take advantage of this scholarship opportunity and also will consider studies in the water/wastewater and or environmental sciences.  The mission statement of the Association is to provide the assistance necessary to meet the needs of our membership and to ensure the protection of Wyoming’s water ~ our most precious resource.

The water utility profession is an economically stable, in demand and demanding lifetime opportunity!  Good luck and thank you for your scholarship application.


Mark Pepper, Executive Director
Wyoming Association of Rural Water Systems

PO Box 1750
Glenrock, WY 82637
307-436-8636 office
307-259-6903 cell

Latest WARWS News

The US Department of Justice has indicted today a Kansas man on charges of hacking into the computer system of a local water utility and trying to sabotage water processing operations with the intent to harm the local public.

According to court documents, the incident took place on March 27, 2019, and involved Wyatt Travnichek, 22, of Ellsworth County, Kansas.

DOJ officials claim that Travnichek hacked into the computer network of the Ellsworth Rural Water District No. 1, also known as Post Rock Rural Water District, where he “performed activities that shut down the processes at the facility which affect the facilities cleaning and disinfecting procedures with the intention of harming the Ellsworth Rural Water District No. 1.”

The court documents don’t say if Travnichek’s attack was successful or how it was detected; however, officials said that the suspect worked for the water district for a year, from January 2018 to January 2019, when he resigned.

“By illegally tampering with a public drinking water system, the defendant threatened the safety and health of an entire community,” said Lance Ehrig, Special Agent in Charge of EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division in Kansas.

“EPA and its law enforcement partners are committed to upholding the laws designed to protect our drinking water systems from harm or threat of harm. Today’s indictment sends a clear message that individuals who intentionally violate these laws will be vigorously prosecuted.”

Suspect faces up to 25 years in prison

If found guilty, Travnichek risks up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for computer hacking charges, and up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for tampering with a public water system.

Travnichek’s indictment comes almost two months after a similar incident was reported in Oldsmar, Florida, a city in Tampa’s metropolitan area.

Days before the Super Bowl LV game was set to be played in Tampa, a yet-to-be-identified hacker similarly broke into the Oldsmar water treatment plant’s computer network via its TeamViewer remote management software and attempted to poison the water by adding extra sodium hydroxide (lye) into the water treatment process.

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The mission of the Wyoming Association of Rural Water Systems is: To provide the assistance necessary to meet the needs of our membership and to ensure the protection of Wyoming's water - "Our Most Precious Resource".

By providing on-site, one-on-one technical assistance and training we can help the State's operators with their commitment and their profession of providing "Quality on Tap!".

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The Wyoming Connection

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The Wyoming Connection is the official publication of WARWS; published quarterly for distribution to member systems, water & wastewater Operations, water related agencies & companies, legislators & government officials. This valuable industry publication is only available to WARWS members!

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Learn more about WARWS Bi-Annual Training Conferences. Click the link below to learn more about attending, sponsoring, or expo booth rentals. 

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