WAWSA Names New Executive Director


The Western Area Water Supply Authority (WAWSA) has a new Executive Director. Curtis Wilson comes to North Dakota from Texas with more than 36 years of experience working on water and wastewater engineering projects. Wilson holds Professional Engineer (P.E.) and Professional Land Surveyor (RPLS) licenses. He says he is excited to bring a fresh perspective to the Western Area Water Supply

Project (WAWSP). Wilson started his new position on September 4.


“I was drawn to this position because the Western Area Water Supply Project is quite unique – both the water system and its governance. It’s a pretty attractive project for anyone who is interested in water administration,” says Wilson.


“Curtis has experience in the Eagle Ford shale play in Texas, so we expect he will hit the ground running here in the Bakken. His prior water supply work in a region where the oil industry is prominent was attractive to the WAWSA Board,” says Mark Owan, WAWSA Board Chairman.


Wilson says he would like to meet with each of WAWSA’s five member entities and their respective board members during his first 90 days on the job. WAWSA’s member entities include the City of Williston, Northwest Rural Water District, BDW Water System Association, R&T Water Supply Association, and the McKenzie County Water District. Each entity has two representatives on the WAWSA Board.


“I am looking forward to hearing their perspectives. I have an open door policy. I’m interested in finding solutions to any issues our member entities and the WAWSA staff face,” says Wilson.


Wilson was born and raised in a rural area of central Texas and earned his engineering degree from Texas A&M University. Wilson’s most recent position was Director of Engineering for Urban Civil LLC in New Braunfels, Texas. Throughout the course of his career he has also served as a District Engineer for a public water utility that is similar in size to WAWSA, and owned and operated an engineering consulting firm.


“We are excited to have Curtis on board,” says Owan. “He has a depth of experience and his passion for water is obvious.”


Wilson and his wife, Cynthia, have two adult children who live in Texas and Pennsylvania. Wilson says family is very important to him and he particularly enjoys spending time with his two grandchildren. 


One of his favorite hobbies is building things such as houses and buildings from the ground up. He also likes to complete renovations. “We arrived in August and we’re still looking for a home here in North Dakota. Maybe I’ll find a home with a few projects to complete, to keep me busy outside of work,” Wilson says with a laugh.