CWS and MWO have Merged

ClearWater Solutions (CWS) and Midwest Water Operations (MWO) are thrilled to announce our two great companies have come together! This merger creates a 400-employee company providing water and wastewater operations & maintenance services to municipalities and private utilities in 12 states across the greater Southeastern United States.

“This partnership is an incredible opportunity for our organizations to enhance our combined service offerings and draw on a larger footprint to better serve these communities which we are so passionate about,” Steve Cawood, CEO of CWS commented. “We believe this merger will accelerate our organic expansion and provide additional career, development, and growth opportunities for our people,” remarked Rick Ailiff, President of CWS.

“We are thrilled to be joining forces with the people at ClearWater Solutions. It has been a pleasure getting to know one another throughout this process, and we see many similarities in how these two organizations operate,” noted Ben Kuenzel, President of MWO. “MWO has historically been focused on O&M for private water and wastewater utilities. With CWS, not only can we serve private utilities across a broader geographic footprint, but we also see tremendous opportunity to serve municipal clients in our key states,” added Terry Merritt, Vice President of MWO.

CWS and MWO are like-minded in our vision of creating a leading regional operations & maintenance company that is truly an extension of the communities we serve, providing clean drinking water to the public and ensuring treated wastewater is free of harmful contaminants. Together, we are poised to continue our shared mission across this larger footprint and beyond. This combination makes us both stronger and ensures we have the resources and scale to ambitiously grow, provide opportunities for our people, and serve our communities in new and exciting ways. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any inquiries!

About ClearWater Solutions. CWS is a leading provider of water and wastewater treatment services to governments, municipalities, private individuals, and water boards throughout Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida. The company’s purpose is to provide a safe and superior operation service and improve the quality of life in the communities it serves. CWS strives to foster an environment where its clients become advocates, its employees find opportunities for growth, and its team is recognized as an industry leader. The business today consists of more than 275 people and continues to expand. For more information, please visit

About Midwest Water Operations. MWO is a leading water and wastewater facility operations & maintenance (O&M) and construction company based in Washington, Missouri. The company has grown rapidly through the last five years, primarily focused on serving privately-owned utility systems that are often in a state of disrepair and neglect at the time MWO first becomes involved. The services MWO provides ensures these water and wastewater treatment facilities remain open, operational, and compliant with federal and environmental regulations. MWO employs more than 120 people across Missouri, Louisiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, Texas, and North Carolina. For more information, please visit

Ray Gibson

With your oversight, the City’s water and sewer operations have greatly improved. CWS clearly understands the needs of the City, its operations, and our desire to provide a first-class interaction with the citizens of Fayetteville. Your organized approach and effective communication allow for key decision-making in providing cost-effective solutions required on all water and sewer-related projects. I greatly appreciate your team’s attention to detail and quality and look forward to our continued partnership.

Bobby Marr

The knowledge, dedication and professionalism of the Clearwater Solutions personnel has turned our plant operations around completely since they were hired by the City. They have taken our wastewater treatment plant from chronic monthly violations to violation free for the past several months! It truly feels like a partnership instead of just another contracted service.

Ramona Morgan

Clear Water Solutions and their team of qualified professionals go above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to the water and sewer needs of the City of Gautier and its residents. Clear Water works quickly and diligently in response to any water or sewer issue in the City. Clear Water Solutions has provided a high quality service in a professional manner to city staff and the citizens of Gautier.


CWS, Mark Pressgrove, and his team of professionals always go above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to the needs of the Town of Walls’ sewer system and our residents. CWS is always quick in response to our sewer issues and determining the problem in a swift manner saving the Town time and money. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend their services to anyone.


ClearWater Solutions, LLC has gone above and beyond in operating and maintenance of the Hall County sewer system of 0.75 MGD plant, 19 pump stations and over 350,000 LF of mains. They have provided a high quality of customer service to both Hall County staff and its citizens. I strongly recommend them for anyone who’s looking to hire an outstanding O&M company.