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Washington, D.C. – The Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) is honored to recognize and celebrate the outstanding dedication of its founding members, who have been an integral part of the association since its inception in 1981, at the Executive Management Conference in San Diego. The association proudly acknowledges the unwavering commitment of these 21 water systems to safeguarding the world's most precious resource – safe, affordable, and reliable drinking water services.

AMWA’s Founding Members are:

  • Akron Public Utilities Bureau, Ohio
  • Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority, N.M.
  • Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility, Alaska
  • Atlanta Department of Watershed Management, Ga.
  • Boston Water & Sewer Commission, Mass.
  • Detroit Water & Sewerage Department, Mich.
  • Fort Worth Water Department, Tex.
  • Hartford Metropolitan District, Conn.
  • Houston Water, Tex.
  • KC Water, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Knoxville Utilities Board, Tenn.
  • Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, Calif.
  • Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Mass.
  • Nashville Metro Water Services, Tenn.
  • New York City Department of Environmental Protection, N.Y.
  • Passaic Valley Water Commission, N.J.
  • Pawtucket Water Supply Board, R.I.
  • Philadelphia Water Department, Pa.
  • Portland Water Bureau, Ore.
  • Tampa Water Department, Fla.
  • Tucson Water, Ariz.

These visionary utilities have been an integral part of AMWA's mission to ensure that every community has access to clean, dependable drinking water.

"AMWA salutes the dedication of our founding members, whose steadfast support has been instrumental in our journey to provide safe and high-quality drinking water services," said AMWA CEO Tom Dobbins, CAE. "Their commitment to safeguarding this essential resource exemplifies the highest standards of excellence in the water sector."


For over 40 years, the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies has been the nation's unified and definitive voice for the nation's largest publicly owned drinking water systems on legislative, regulatory, security, sustainability, and utility management issues.

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