American Water Works Association (AWWA)



Source: American Water Works Association (AWWA)

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) is set to honor its 60,000 members for their hard work and dedication to protecting public health during the third annual AWWA Member Appreciation Week, November 5-11, 2006.

“The strength of AWWA is in its members,” said Jack Hoffbuhr, executive director of AWWA. “It is the knowledge, experience and dedication of our members that have made us the authoritative resource on safe water.”

AWWA members share their knowledge and experience by contributing articles to its award-winning publications, presenting at and participating in its numerous conferences, seminars and other events, providing insight and review for its valuable technical resources, and volunteering on its numerous councils, divisions and committees.

At the request of its membership, AWWA will honor its dedicated members and volunteers with a special donation to Water For People, which will help support access to safe drinking water in developing countries. Additionally, AWWA will send each of its more than 60,000 members a special pin recognizing them as an AWWA water professional, along with a 2007 attachment. Students will be recognized as a water apprentice. Members will receive a new attachment each year to showcase their continued commitment to water through active membership in AWWA. Members celebrating an anniversary year will also receive Service Award pins commemorating 5, 10, 15, 20, or 25 years of membership.

AWWA was founded in 1881 by 22 members who saw the need for information exchange and product standards to help ensure consistent quality of drinking water. Today, AWWA has grown to approximately 60,000 members with 5,000 volunteers who are involved in all aspects of the association’s products and services. AWWA relies on the expertise of its members to advance technology, science, management, and government policies related to water. To learn more about AWWA and Member Appreciation Week, visit

Water For People is an international nonprofit organization that helps people in developing countries improve their quality of life by supporting the development of locally sustainable drinking water resources, sanitation facilities, and health and hygiene education programs. Specific projects can be tracked throughout the year on the Water For People Web site at

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AWWA is the authoritative resource for knowledge, information, and advocacy to improve the quality and supply of water in North America and beyond. AWWA is the largest organization of water professionals in the world. AWWA advances public health, safety and welfare by uniting the efforts of the full spectrum of the water community. Through our collective strength we become better stewards of water for the greatest good of the people and the environment.

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