Why Join AMWA

National Representation on Drinking Water Issues

AMWA is a strong and unified voice of the nation’s metropolitan drinking water systems.  The association advocates on issues of importance to our member utilities before Congress, EPA, DHS and other regulatory agencies and is able to speak with authority on the full range of drinking water issues.

Only about 400 of the nation’s 52,000 community water systems serve more than 100,000 people.  Because the concerns and requirements of these metropolitan water systems are not always aligned with those of the country’s thousands of smaller water systems, AMWA helps ensure that the perspectives of its member utilities – on issues ranging from infrastructure to water quality protection – are heard in Congress and at regulatory agencies.

Resources for Water Executives

AMWA’s member utilities are typically represented in the organization by their CEOs and GMs.  The association serves these water executives by developing and providing tools and resources that apply best general management practices and approaches to the specific challenges of drinking water systems.  These include the INSIGHT utility financial information database and dashboard, a unique source of relevant, comparable financial data for benchmarking and planning.

AMWA works in collaboration with U.S. EPA and other associations on sustainable water utility initiatives like the Effective Utility Management framework and peer-to-peer collaboration. The association is a partner in the Water and Wastewater Leadership Center at the University of North Carolina and hosts speakers on leadership and management topics at its annual conferences.

To honor the achievements of competitive water systems, AMWA annually presents the Gold Awards for Exceptional Utility Performance, the Platinum Awards for Utility Excellence and the Sustainable Water Utility Management Award.  These peer-reviewed, awards spotlight water systems that are successfully meeting the wide range of challenges that arise in today's water industry. They provide national recognition of the vital contribution of both utility managers and water system workers to the public health and economic vitality of their communities.

AMWA supports member utilities’ resilience and security by delivering guidance and tools on preparedness and mitigation from federal and non-federal sources, helping to shape federal policies, operating the Water Information Sharing and Analysis Center (WaterISAC) and collaborating with stakeholders.

Peer-to-Peer Networking

AMWA is particularly valuable to members as a forum for sharing ideas and building relationships among utility managers. AMWA creates these opportunities through its annual spring Water Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. and annual Executive Management Conference hosted each fall in different cities, which are attended by senior managers of member utilities.  The policy conference provides interaction with key federal legislators and regulators on issues of top concern to water utilities, while the management meeting offers leading-edge thinking and lessons learned from water utility executives and acknowledged industry experts on a broad range of management topics.

Participation in AMWA committees is a rewarding membership benefit that enriches both the association and the committee members.  Committees, which include both water system chief executives and designated staff members, address legislative, regulatory, security, utility management and water policy issues, developing authoritative positions, policies and products that advance the interests of the water sector.

Through AMWA's Member-to-Member Inquiry program, members can pose very specific questions about utility operations and concerns and quickly receive feedback, ideas and recommendations from peers around the country.

Information Access

All AMWA member representatives are granted access to the association’s website, which includes a vast array of information and resources to keep members on top of industry developments. AMWA’s Monday Morning Briefing is a weekly rundown of industry news policy developments, and the association also publishes monthly and bimonthly newsletters on utility management, sustainability, security and legislative and regulatory activity that are available exclusively to AMWA member utilities.  Website access is available to other personnel of our member utilities on request.


How to Join

AMWA welcomes all publicly owned drinking water agencies that serve at least 100,000 people to join the association as Members. Water providers serving fewer than 100,000 people are invited to join as Affiliate Members.

AMWA's annual dues are based on population served.

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Membership Categories


Public water supply agencies serving, directly or indirectly, a population of 100,000 or more people.


Public water supply agencies serving, directly or indirectly, a population of fewer than 100,000 people or non-U.S. publicly owned water systems.


Any organization, whether public or private, that is not eligible for membership or affiliate membership in AMWA. The interests of the applicant must be compatible with the purposes and policies of the association.

Only Member agencies, acting through their designated representatives, may vote on association matters, serve on the board or as an officer, or serve on committees.