The Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) is an organization of the largest publicly owned drinking water systems in the United States. AMWA's membership serves more than 130 million Americans with drinking water from Alaska to Puerto Rico.
AMWA is the nation's only policy-making organization solely for metropolitan drinking water suppliers. The association was formed in 1981 by a group of general managers of metropolitan water systems who wanted to ensure that the issues of large publicly owned water suppliers would be represented in Washington, D.C. Member representatives to AMWA are the general managers and CEOs of these large water systems.
The Association represents the interests of these water systems by working with Congress and the federal agencies to ensure safe and cost-effective federal drinking water laws and regulations that protect public health.
In the realm of utility management, AMWA focuses on competitiveness issues, providing programs, publications and services to help water suppliers be more effective and efficient.
AMWA is governed by a 20-member Board of Directors, which represents all regions of the country. Committees on management, regulation and legislation provide the expertise to achieve water suppliers' goals, including effective and efficient operations, regulations based on sound science and cost-effective laws that support the safety and security of drinking water. A full-time professional staff, located in Washington, D.C., conducts day-to-day operations.