February 2023 Newsletter

January marked the 16th Anniversary of the company’s start. Founded in January 2007 by Rick Ailiff, Steve Cawood, and the late Paul Jackson, CWS’s success began quickly and has soared ever since. The first two projects the company was ever awarded – North Choctaw Water & Sewer Authority and Perry County Water Authority – were both awarded in our first year of business and continue successfully today. 

“We’ve done a lot of things right…and we’ve learned a lot of lessons throughout the years,” said Rick Ailiff. “From the beginning, we have always focused on taking care of our employees, serving our clients to the best of our ability, and doing what is right. We are proud of where we are today and look forward to the next 16 years.”

When looking back to the beginning of the business, the success is obvious. In the first year of service, we had two projects under contract – both in Alabama. Our revenue was $565,486 and we had ten employees. Today, we have hundreds of facilities, across 12 states, with 580 employees, and an annual revenue (in 2022) of $30.76 million. 

“What a story we have to tell,” said CWS CEO, Steve Cawood. “We started CWS to take care of some of Goodwyn Mills Cawood’s (GMC) municipal clients who needed assistance with their water and wastewater facilities. I’m not sure any of us would have dreamed we would be where we are today and where we are headed. It’s a great time to be a part of CWS. We appreciate the effort of all of our employees who have made us what we are today.”

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.


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.