top of page

Mission Statement

The mission of the Clay Rural Water System is to provide high quality water service to the consumers of the corporation at the lowest possible cost consistent with sound business practice.

System Overview

The Clay Rural Water System provides water service to over 2,500 locations in parts of five counties in southeast South Dakota.  The sole purpose of the water system is to provide safe, quality drinking water to its consumers for domestic, farm and business use.

CRWS is a member-owned, non-profit corporation incorporated July 21, 1975.  The water system was financed and constructed from 1978-1980 primarily with member connection fees, loans and grants from the Farmers Home Administration.  It became fully operational in late 1980.  The original construction cost of the System was $5.8 million.

Service to the member population base of 6,302 is provided from two water treatments.  The main water plant is located seven miles east of Wakonda, SD.  A second plant is located near McCook Lake, SD.  Water is distributed from the treatment plants through a network of 1,400 miles of pipeline, seven storage reservoirs with a capacity of 1,040,000 gallons, and five booster stations.  CRWS is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors, elected by the membership from three voting districts.

CRWS Map.png
wtp drone 1.JPG

Wakonda Treatment Plant

wynstone new tower.JPG

Wynstone Treatment Plant

coyote plant.jpg

Coyote Water Plant

beresford drone.JPG
greenfield tower drone.JPG

Beresford Water Tower

Greenfield Water Tower

irene tower_edited.jpg

Irene Water Tower

westreville tower_edited.jpg

Westreville Water Tower

Spink Pencil Drone.JPG

Spink Water Tower

wynstone tower 2_edited.jpg

Wynstone Water Tower

1950 PRV .jpg
Alsen Booster (002).jpg

1950 PRV

Alsen Booster

Garfield Booster 2012 (2)_edited.jpg

Garfield Booster

west booster_edited.jpg

West Booster

​In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs).  Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. 

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form.  To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.  Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: 


mail:  U.S. Department of Agriculture 
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 
1400 Independence Avenue, SW 
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; 

fax: (202) 690-7442; or 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

bottom of page