About IRWA

Iowa’s water and wastewater utilities face many multifaceted technical, managerial and financial issues in their day to day operations. Our Mission Statement reflects our commitment to assisting these systems: To serve Iowa’s Public Water and Wastewater Systems by providing technical assistance, education, leadership in legal and legislative affairs, financial and economic growth, and excellence in the industry.

IRWA was formed in the mid 1970’s for the purpose of providing the most up-to-date, professional and effective training and technical assistance to Iowa’s water and wastewater systems throughout Iowa. An elected, volunteer Board of Directors consisting of professionals in the water supply and wastewater industries governs IRWA.

The Association remains firmly committed to the advancement of Iowa’s water and wastewater industries. In the effort to ensure strong, viable water and wastewater industries in Iowa, IRWA offers a wide variety of programs and training events statewide.

As a member-driven organization, IRWA is financially supported through its membership dues, conferences and grant programs. Membership is open to all organizations and individuals associated with our industries.   

IRWA Member Benefits


IRWA members receive discounted registration fees to our premier training events, subscriptions to the Water Street Journal, a copy of our annual directory, access to a Vision Insurance Plan for your employees and various other discounted programs. IRWA has five categories of membership available: Regional Water Systems, Community, Associate, Non-Community and Individual. For additional information or to obtain a membership application, please call our office or read more (below).

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Affinity Partnerships

IRWA and National Rural Water Association have partnerships with many organizations that benefit our membership.


Group Vision Insurance
Open Enrollment
Nov 1st thru 30th

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Rural Water Impact

Beautiful, Mobile Friendly Websites

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Offering important protection for homeowners in your community by providing solutions to water loss and water line breaks.

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Vehicle Discounts

Partnerships with motor groups to offer discounts to utilities.
Contact Scott Shover for further details.

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Rural Water Loan Fund

The NRWA Rural Water Loan Fund (RWLF) is a funding program specifically designed to meet the unique needs of small water and wastewater utilities.

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Providing funding for drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas.

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Water ISAC

Everyday water and wastewater facilities face numerous security threats - Are You Prepared?

As a part of the partnership with NRWA and the Water Information Sharing and Analysis Center (WaterISAC), systems serving 3,300 population or fewer are eligible for a free WaterISAC membership.
Claim your free membership today!

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2024 Advertising for Associate Members

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Water Street Journal
The Water Street Journal is published three times a year, March, July, and November. Each issue is mailed to approximately 1,600 people throughout the state of Iowa, which include water and wastewater professionals, community and rural water system decision makers, funding agencies, Iowa DNR professionals and industry professionals. It is the widest circulated publication devoted to water and wastewater professionals in Iowa. As an advertiser, that’s 1,600 business cards placed in Iowa industry professional’s hands three times per year! The Water Street Journal is a full color magazine, thus giving it a more professional look with more reader appeal. Contact Cathy Law for more information.
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Membership Directory
Our directory is mailed to over 850 communities, rural water systems, government agencies, and associate members around the state and nation. The directory includes key personnel contacts and information on all regional systems, community members, associate members, individual members and non-community members. This is a valuable resource that will remain on business desks all year long. What a great, inexpensive way to get your company noticed! Our Membership Directory is created for easy reading and use. Our advertising rates include four-color advertising to grab the attention of our members thus increasing your visibility as a company. If you would like to "get noticed" in the 2024-2025 IRWA Membership Directory, contact Cathy Law.
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