Canadian Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA)

The Canadian Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA) was established in 1986 to represent the common interest of Canada`s municipal water and wastewater systems to federal and interprovincial bodies with respect to policies, programs, national codes, standards, and legislation. CWWA`s membership has expanded to include other than municipal systems, giving our members an even stronger voice in Ottawa. In 2011, CWWA is celebrating its 25th year anniversary!

Company details

Unit 11, 1010 Polytek Street , Ottawa , Ontario K1J 9H9 Canada

Locations Served

Business Type:
Professional association
Industry Type:
Water and Wastewater
Market Focus:
Nationally (across the country)
Year Founded:
less than $1,000,000 US

CWWA is a non-profit national body representing the common interests of Canada’s public sector municipal water and wastewater services and their private sector suppliers and partners. CWWA is recognized by the federal government and national bodies as the national voice of this public service sector.

A Canadian Organization

  • the Association that addresses Canadian water and wastewater issues at the national level
  • founded in 1986 by Canadian municipal water/wastewater leaders and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities

CWWA’s Objectives
  • be the national representative and voice on water and wastewater issues
  • promote sensible policies
  • promote legislation that is relevant and practical
  • advocate regulations that are effective yet not burdensome
  • enhance partnerships, networking and information flows
  • focus on national management and policy issues
  • encourage effective and relevant research
  • create better public awareness and correct misconceptions

A Strong Presence in Ottawa

CWWA provides the means for this essential public service sector to communicate with federal and national bodies about:

  • legislation and regulations
  • policies and programs
  • guidelines, codes and standards
  • research activities and findings

Linkage with Others

The Association focusses its activities and communications on significant national issues, trends and events. It works closely with other organizations to further the sector’s interests and to create public awareness and support through:

  • cooperation with Canada’s seven regional water and wastewater Associations
  • membership services, annual seminars and special workshops
  • partnerships with federal, provincial and municipal government agencies, other national organizations in Canada, with counterpart Associations in other countries, and with international organizations
  • representation of the Canadian municipal water and wastewater services sector internationally joint/cooperative
  • activities with the American Water Works Association, the Water Environment Federation, and their Canadian affiliates.


CWWA coordinates and integrates its events with an event of a member Association or a national event such as the National Conference on Drinking Water. In this manner, CWWA brings national perspectives to regional events, and promotes inter-regional contacts and synergy.

CWWA’s annual 'Window on Ottawa' focusses on strategic issues, patterns, changes or directions impacting the management and provision of public water and wastewater services. Key speakers address each issue in a thought-provoking and factual manner. Post-presentation discussions help participants formulate positions and solutions to the issue.

CWWA's Committees

Committees are organized to address current and active issues. They deal with subjects of national significance and are formed with coast to coast representation and participation. Technical Committees deal with such areas as:

  • Drinking Water Quality
  • Wastewater and Stormwater
  • Water Demand Management
  • Biosolids
  • Water Protection Information
  • Training & Education Network

Ad Hoc Committees are formed as necessary to address major short-term issues such as new federal legislation, policies or programs.

Stressing Communications

CWWA keeps Members informed of significant national trends and events through:

  • the CWWA Bulletin; a newsletter published 10 times per year
  • in depth Communiqués and fax 'Alerts' on key or urgent matters
  • the new CWWA biannual magazine 'Canadian Municipal Water News & Review'
  • the Members’ Briefing Book which covers current management and other topics, and national sources of information and guidance
  • the distribution of press releases, fact sheets and other information on topical issues
  • CWWA’s internet website containing current information such as conferences, list of Members and more

The CWWA Bulletin
  • provides all the news in a condensed and easy to read format
  • gives fresh and timely information on federal / national / regional / provincial initiatives and activities
  • summarizes key water and wastewater news and developments from around the world
  • features the popular Snippings & Clippings, a valuable review of applicable articles and headlines from Canadian newspapers coast to coast
  • lists water/wastewater conferences, workshops, symposiums, and trade shows


There are many publications that are either produced by, or made available through, CWWA. CWWA publications include in-house manuals such as the Primer on Setting Municipal Water and Wastewater Rates. Members receive a 30% discount.

Why Join CWWA
  • you will receive a continuing wealth of relevant and timely information
  • you can contribute to the formation of positions presented to federal and national bodies
  • you get access to your peers for problem solving and enquiries

Membership in CWWA
  • includes categories for Utility Members (Owners or Operators of municipal infrastructure or services), Associate Members which contains the Private sector, Academic & Others and Alumnus, and Subscription Members for federal, provincial, territorial government department or agency (Please refer to the membership application page)
  • offers the only pan-Canadian networking service available to Canadian water/wastewater agencies
  • strengthens the Association in conducting its functions, and raises the platform of our unified national voice
  • links you to the municipal water and wastewater sector around the world

Why CWWA's Members remain year after year:
  • Members’ voices and opinions are part of the national water and wastewater debate
  • Members’ comments, ideas, and suggestions impact on federal and national legislation, policies and programs
  • Members are kept current on the latest Canadian water and wastewater news and issues

Membership in CWWA is a two way street: you receive a comprehensive flow of information on matters of relevance to you; you contribute to the formation of national municipal water and wastewater positions. This peer-based exchange is the strength of CWWA and the basis of its partnership.