About us

As rural Oklahoma began to develop across our great state during the early to mid 1900s, the need for pure, safe water quickly became evident. One by one, Oklahoma’s rural water districts were formed to serve the growing needs of thousands of Oklahoma families living in rural areas.

Miles and miles of pipeline were laid to be able to transport the thousands of gallons of clean water that would be needed for the families in one section of land, then the families in another section of land, and so on all across Oklahoma.

The financial investment for the development of each rural water district was sizeable, but necessary to guarantee continued service and a system that would meet and/or exceed Oklahoma’s Quality Water Standards. And to continue to meet federal and state water standards, investments in new and better equipment is mandatory and on-going.

Today, more than 800 rural water providers, water districts and non-profit rural water corporations supply water to more than half a million people in Oklahoma. Many of these systems are family-owned and some are in their 2nd or 3rd generation of family ownership.

The staff and operations personnel of these rual providers regularly attend training workshops and maintain annual certifications in order to continue providing customers with professional and responsive service and safe, quality water at a reasonable price.

Some rural water providers may only serve a few hundred homes, while others may serve as many as 10,000 homes. No matter how large or how small, all of Oklahoma’s rural water providers continually make the necessary investments in equipment, training, and people to assure that every time you turn on your tap, there’s pure, safe water for you to use.

From building new water lines, developing new water sources and planning for the future, to accurate customer billing, 24-hour, year-round field service and supporting economic growth, there’s really quite a lot that goes into providing the water that pours from a rural water tap.

Where does Oklahoma’s rural water come from? Across our state, about 25-30% of rural Oklahoma’s drinking water comes from surface water (lakes, reservoirs and rivers). About 20% of rural water comes from wells, and about 50% of rural water is purchased from other water sources.

Oklahoma’s rural drinking water meets all state and federal drinking water regulations. You can pay more for expensive bottled water, but you won’t find water that’s any purer or contaminant-free than the water that flows from Oklahoma’s rural water faucets. In fact, compared to other essential commodities, rural water is the clear winner for value per gallon!