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What’s New?

CDBG CARES (CDBG-CV) Grant Application Deadline Extended

Now due October 7, 2021, at 5:00 pm; more information HERE!


Low-Income Home Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) Contractor Application and Contract

A MESSAGE FROM: Anne Neuberger, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology
SUBJECT: What We Urge You To Do To Protect Against The Threat of Ransomware

How to Apply for New Water/Sewer Infrastructure Grants

More information about the American Rescue Plan Act 


Read here for Tools of AWIA Compliance

There continues to be a call for vigilance among all utilities and government facilities nationwide as general trends regarding threats of terrorism linger. – Read More Here

WaterISAC Advisory on Current Egregor Ransomware Incident at Large Metropolitan Water Utility  – Read More Here


Upcoming Events

National Conference Competition!!


Webinar – H2S: Managing Odors & Reducing Corrosion – What’s That Smell? @ Virtual Event
Sep 24 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Chlorination: Types, O&M, Safety – Fairmont @ Fairmont Hot Springs Resort
Sep 28 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Chlorination: Types, O&M, Safety

Whether you are ground water, surface water, or wastewater, this is a superb class to learn everything about working with chlorine.  All forms of chlorine; gas, liquid, and solid, will be covered.  Learn about the properties, history, applications, feed equipment, handling, maintenance, and how to be safe when working with chlorine.

8:00—9:30 AM — GAS CHLORINE

  • Physical Properties
  • O & M
  • Safety 


  • Physical Properties.
  • O & M
  • Safety


  • Physical Properties
  • O & M
  • Safety

 Turn in CEC forms!

Register Below:

Backflow Prevention Assembly Testers Course – Billings @ Billings Public Utilities Department
Oct 4 @ 9:00 am – Oct 9 @ 2:00 pm

Backflow Prevention Assembly Testers Course

A series of lectures followed by guided exercises in a wet lab will provide understanding of field testing methods on 4 backflow prevention assemblies: pressure vacuum breakers, spill resistant vacuum breakers, reduced pressure principle assemblies, and double check assemblies. Students will gain knowledge in hydraulics, backflow and backsiphonage, types of cross connections, and degrees of hazard and state and federal regulations. Friday afternoon participants can take a written exam and on Saturday morning can take a practical exam administered by the American Backflow Prevention Association (ABPA). Passing scores on both the exams will result in certification by ABPA as a backflow prevention assembly tester. For more information on ABPA see the back of this training announcement or go to their website www.abpa.org.
Click here for more information and registration.
Infiltration and Inflow Detection Using Smoke Generator – Sunburst @ Sunburst Library
Oct 13 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Infiltration and Inflow Detection Using Smoke Generator

 Presented by Robin Franzen, MRWS Wastewater Technician

8:00 a.m.  Sign-in and Presentation

9:00 a.m.  SAFETY BRIEFING followed by hands on field training using the Hurko Smoke Generator

11:30 a.m. Class review

12:00 p.m.  Dismissed


MRWS Workshop Registration (No Fees)

15th Nat’l Park Service & Small System Operator Training @ Three Bear Lodge
Oct 19 – Oct 21 all-day

15th National Park Service & Small System Operator Training

Three days of training for water and wastewater operators.

Although the agenda for this conference was designed to fit the needs of the National Park Service and their operators, it is open to all operators from any system!  There is a broad range of topics covered that would be helpful to new and seasoned operators alike.  Operators & Utility workers dealing with surface water, well water, wastewater & distribution should all find this workshop helpful.  CEC’s are shown for each block of instruction according to Montana Certification Standards.  Operators from other states should consult their certifying agency and bring the appropriate forms necessary.  It may also be helpful to bring the contact information for the person in charge of CEC’s or CEU’s from your state, should any questions arise!

Agenda!!  Click Here!!


Operator Math Training – Bozeman @ Bozeman Shop Complex
Oct 25 @ 12:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Operator Math Training

Need some extra help with math in the field or on the exam?  Here’s the class for you!

Click here for more information:  Operator Math Training Bozeman 10.25.2021 Final

Our Mission

At MRWS, our mission is to provide quality training and technical assistance to Drinking Water, Waste Water, and Tribal systems — to enable them to produce the best product with their available resources!

Recent News


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MT DEQ Operator Certification Exam resources and study materials

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by Carol Booth DUNCAN, Okla. – The National Rural Water Association launched the “Rural Water: Unfiltered” video update today. Unfiltered features discussion and commentary from …

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“Montana’s Water Future” video Premieres

MT Dept of Natural Resources and Conservation rolled out the red carpet with the premier of their “Montana’s Water Future” video! It was produced following …

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EPA’s Hazard Mitigation Guide for Natural Disasters

This guide encourages water and wastewater utilities to work with their local mitigation planners to implement priority projects using FEMA or other source funding.  It …

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– Theodore Roosevelt

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