Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 50,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life.
AWWA is the authoritative resource on safe water, providing knowledge, information and advocacy to improve the quality and supply of water in North America and beyond. AWWA advances public health, safety and welfare by uniting the efforts of the full spectrum of the water community.
AWWA is an international nonprofit and educational society, as well as the largest and oldest organization of water professionals in the world. Its nearly 60,000 members represent the full spectrum of the water community: treatment plant operators and managers, scientists, environmentalists, manufacturers, academicians, regulators, and others who hold genuine interest in water supply and public health. Membership includes more than 4,600 utilities that supply water to roughly 180 million people in North America. Through our collective strength we become better stewards of water for the greatest good of the people and the environment.
What we do
- Offer education to water professionals
- Advocate for safe and sustainable water
- Collect and share knowledge
- Create volunteering opportunities
How AWWA functions
AWWA is organized to permit its members and staff to coordinate their efforts in the fields of science and technology, education, public information, government affairs and other key areas of involvement. The Association has grown from the 22 men who organized it in March 1881, when the United States contained less than 1,000 public water supply systems, to its present membership of more than 50,000.
AWWA is comprised of 43 sections. Each section functions under the provisions of its own bylaws and selects its own officers. Every section holds at least one meeting a year, attended by anywhere from 250 to more than 2,000 members and interested parties, at which papers are presented, information and ideas exchanged, committees convened and (sometimes) products exhibited. This and the many other section activities are for the purpose of improving water utility operation, management and design.
AWWA activities also develop through the efforts of various councils, divisions and committees. All of the divisions and most of the 250-plus working committees carry out their assigned projects under the direction of the Association's six councils. Other committees that report directly to the board are classified as standing committees; administrative and ad hoc committees may report to the Executive Committee or an Association council.