About Us

What is MRWS?

Montana Rural Water Systems, Inc. is an association of water and wastewater systems within the State of Montana.

We are not connected with the State agencies. We do, however, work with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, local Health Districts, USDA/Rural Development, EPA, and any other agency that can provide help to our small member systems.

We are not controllers of your system! We want to help you control it.

Our History

A brief shapshot of MRWS’ history

MRWS was founded in 1979 by 5 original water systems:

  • Tiber County Water District – Dan Keil
  • Hill County Water District – Dave Jones
  • South Chester – John England
  • Oilmont Water District – Robert Tomsheck
  • Lockwood Water District – Keith Hill

Ray Wadsworth was hired as the first Program Manager – later the Executive Director. Around 1996 Ray retired and Donna Wadsworth was hired to replace Ray until her retirement of October 2018.

National Rural Water Association was founded in 1976 with its headquarters in Duncan OK. MT Rural Water became a member with NRWA in October of 1979. Ray & Donna traveled the state together getting utilities to join MRWS. Sometimes it took 3 or 4 visits. From the 5 original systems MRWS has grown to over 400 member utilities.

What We Do

We travel the whole State of Montana from Westby to Wisdom… and from Eureka to Ekalaka… providing the best possible training and assistance to Water & Wastewater Utilities.

Our services include:

  • Technical Assistance
  • Classroom Training
  • Rate Structuring
  • Regulatory Updates
  • VA/ERP Vulnerability Assessments
  • Emergency Response Plans

Call on us for Assistance!

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