Alaska Rural Water Association has a staff of  full-time professionals that provide a variety of services to small water and wastewater systems and operators throughout Alaska. ARWA currently provides four programs:

Wastewater Technical Assistance and Training Specialist: A United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant provides the funding for this program. Our wastewater technical assistance and training specialist travels throughout the state to provide onsite technical assistance and regional training to wastewater operators of small utilities. Technical assistance can range from operations and maintenance guidance to help with regulatory compliance or emergency response preparedness.

Mark Wuitschick - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., cell: (907) 631-8148

Drinking Water Circuit Rider I & II Positions:   Funding is provided for two circuit rider positions by a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant. The circuit riders travel throughout the state to provide onsite “over the shoulder” technical assistance to drinking water operators of small utilities.The technical assistance can range from operations and maintenance guidance to help with regulatory compliance, finance and management issues, emergency response preparedness, as well as sanitary survey assistance.

Laren Kowallis - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., cell: (907) 460-4707

Sarah Ramey - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., cell: (907) 631-1056

Technical Assistance and Training: A grant provides funding from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This program provides formal training to water operators and utility personnel through classroom-style seminars in all regions of Alaska. Courses provided by Alaska Rural Water Association are at little or no cost. Please visit our Training Calendar to view current trainings and to register online. If you are in need of a specific training please give us a call, as we happily take training requests from our members.

Kelly Comerford - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., cell: (907) 841-2800

Source Water Protection Specialist: A grant provides funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). This program seeks to develop consensus among the stakeholders of various surface and ground water sources throughout Alaska to develop source water protection plans to ensure the safety of water sources used primarily for drinking water. This program also provides outreach to communities in order to educate community members and their youth of the importance of protecting their source water.

Sean Barry– This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , cell: (907) 631-8483