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                 Volunteer Application | Committee Organizational Chart

Volunteers needed!

9/1/2016
Learn more about this volunteer opportunity and submit an application today.
9/1/2016
Learn more about this volunteer opportunity and submit an application today.
9/1/2016
Learn more about this volunteer opportunity and submit an application today.

New AWWA volunteers

With over 160 committees and 3,000+ volunteers, AWWA has the right volunteer opportunity for you.

Start by becoming a member of a committee where you have interest, knowledge and experience.
  1. Browse the topics listed below for committees that interest you.
  2. Fill out and submit an AWWA Volunteer Application indicating your preferences.
  3. Staff will contact you with the next steps.

Asset Management

Select a committee to learn more about its mission and who to contact with questions.

Standards Committees
Business Practices for Operations & Management
Pipe Rehabilitation
Wells

Technical & Educational Committees
Asset Management
Sustainable Infrastructure

Backflow/Cross Connection

Select a committee to learn more about its mission and who to contact with questions.

Standards Committees
Backflow Preventers
Distribution Systems
Fire Hydrants

Climate Change

Select a committee to learn more about its mission and who to contact with questions.

Standards Committees
Reclaimed Water
Source Water Protection (SC)
Water Conservation Practices
Wells

Technical & Educational Committees
Climate Change
Opflow Editorial Advisory Board
Water Efficiency Programs & Technology
Water Resources Planning & Management



Conservation/Efficiency

Select a committee to learn more about its mission and who to contact with questions.

Standards Committees
Distribution Systems
Water Conservation Practices
Water Meters

Technical & Educational Committees
Communications, Education & Legislation
Planning, Evaluation & Research
Water Efficiency Programs & Technology
Water Loss Control

Customer Service

Select a committee to learn more about its mission and who to contact with questions.

Standards Committees
Communications & Customer Relations Program
Reclaimed Water
Water Meters

Technical & Educational Committees

Customer Service

Desalination

Select a committee to learn more about its mission and who to contact with questions.

Standards Committees
Membranes

Technical & Educational Committees
Membrane Processes
Membrane Technology Research
Water Desalting
Water Reuse

Design/Construction

Distribution/Plant Ops

Select a committee to learn more about its mission and who to contact with questions.

Standards Committees
A21 Ductile-Iron Pipe & Fittings
Air Valves
Asbestos-Cement Pressure Pipe
Backflow Preventers
Ball Valves
Business Practices for Operation & Management
Butterfly Valves
Composite Elev. Tanks for Water Storage
Concrete Pressure Pipe
Concrete Water Tanks, Conventionally Reinforced
Concrete Water Tanks, Tendon Type-Prestressed
Concrete Water Tanks, Wire-Wound Prestressed
Disinfection of Facilities
Distribution Systems
Eccentric Plug Valves
Fire Hydrants
Flexible Reservoir Covers and Linings
Gasket Materials for Water Works Service
Gate Valves and Swing Check Valves
Grooved and Shouldered Joints
Horizontal & Vertical Line Shaft Pumps
Knife Gate Valves
Online Monitoring
Pipe Rehabilitation
Plastic Valve
Polyolefin Pressure Pipe and Fittings
Power Actuating Devices for Valves/Slide Gates
Protective Interior Coatings for Valves & Hydrant
PVC Pressure Pipe and Fittings
Rate Type Flowmeters
Regulating Valves
Scale & Corrosion Control Chemicals
Security Practices for O & M
Slide Gates
Stainless Steel Pipe
Steel Elev. Tanks, Standpipes & Reservoirs
Steel Pipe
Submersible Vertical Turbine Pumps
Thermosetting FRP Pipe
Thermosetting FRP Tanks
Wastewater – Biosolids
Wastewater – Collection Systems
Wastewater – Pretreatment
Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations
Water Meters
Water Service Line Fittings
Water Treatment Plants

Technical & Educational Committees
Capital Projects Delivery
Corrosion
Cross Connection Control
Customer Metering Practices
Distribution Operations & Maintenance
Distribution Research
Distribution System Water Quality
Energy Management
Engineering Modeling Applications
Fire Protection
Health, Safety & Environment
Information Management & Technology Res.
Operator Involvement
Opflow Editorial Advisory Board
Plant Operations & Energy Management Research
Small Systems Continuing Education
Small Systems Research
Sustainable Infrastructure
Treatment Plant Operations & Maintenance
Water Distribution Design and Construction
Water Loss Control
Water Main Rehabilitation Energy Management

Drought

Emer. Preparedness/Security

Select a committee to learn more about its mission and who to contact with questions.

Standards Committees
ISO TC 224, US Technical Advisory Group
Emergency Preparedness Practices
Security Practices for O&M
Risk & Resilience Management

Technical & Educational Committees
Emergency Preparedness & Security

Groundwater

Select a committee to learn more about its mission and who to contact with questions.

Standards Committees
Horizontal & Vertical Line Shaft Pumps
Submersible Vertical Turbine Pumps
Wells
Source Water Protection

Technical & Educational Committees
Groundwater Resource

Innovation Initiative

The Innovation Initiative, an industry- wide effort organized by the Manufacturers Associates Council (MAC), is looking for volunteers to serve on a committee to explore ways of eliminating the barriers to innovation and new technology in the water industry.

The mission of the committee is to “Create a coalition from within the water industry to develop and implement strategies to overcome the top five barriers to the acceptance of innovation and new technology.”

These five are major barriers: 
  1. The risk-averse nature of the water sector
  2. The low economic value placed on water
  3. “Or equal” bidding/procurement requirements 
  4. Complicated regulatory requirements
  5. Trade restrictions/barriers

 To learn more, or to volunteer to be on one of five sub-committees, email Jane Johnson at jjohnson@awwa.org

Laboratory

Select a committee to learn more about its mission and who to contact with questions.

Technical & Educational Committees
Opflow Editorial Advisory Board
Water Quality Laboratory

Since 1905, Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater has represented "the best current practice of American water analysts." This comprehensive reference covers all aspects of water and wastewater analysis techniques. Standard Methods is a joint publication of the American Public Health Association (APHA), the American Water Works Association (AWWA), and the Water Environment Federation (WEF). 

Join the Standard Methods Committee

Membrane Treatment

Select a committee to learn more about its mission and who to contact with questions.

Standards Committees
Membranes

Technical & Educational Committees
Membrane Processes
Membrane Technology Research
Water Desalting
Water Reuse

Public Health

Public Info./Communications

The Public Affairs Council works to publicly position AWWA as an effective advocate for the drinking water profession.

For more information about volunteering on the PAC, email Greg Kail.

Regulatory Issues

AWWA's Water Utility Council oversees the AWWA's Washington, D.C., office and its government affairs program. Called "the WUC", the Council has been charged with setting legislative and regulatory priorities and positions for AWWA and ensuring they are represented effectively to benefit water consumers. 

For information on volunteering for the WUC, email Tom Curtis or call 202.628.8303. 

Reuse

Select a committee to learn more about its mission and who to contact with questions.

Standards Committees
Activated Carbon, Powdered & Granular
Membranes
UV Disinfection
Reclaimed Water

Technical & Educational Committees
Membrane Processes
Membrane Technology Research
Water Treatment Facilities Design & Construction
Water Reuse

SCADA/GIS

Select a committee to learn more about its mission and who to contact with questions.

Standards Committees
Online Monitoring

Technical & Educational Committees
Instrumentation & Control

Information Management & Technology Res.

Small Systems

Stormwater

Training/Career Development

Utility Management

Wastewater

Water Loss

Water Research

Water Resources/Planning

Select a committee to learn more about its mission and who to contact with questions.

Standards Committees
Reclaimed Water
Water Conservation Practices
Wells
Utility Management System

Technical & Educational Committees
Climate Change
Source Water Protection (WRD)
Water Resources Planning & Management

Water Quality/Treatment

Workforce Strategies

Young Professional

We are always looking for YP’s to get involved with AWWA. Visit Young Professionals to meet the committee members and find out about resources, news and events.

If you are interested in learning more about who we are and what we do, contact Sr. Section Relationship Manager Nancy Sullivan.

Expertise, term, travel

Board of Directors

The application process for the AWWA Board of Directors is outlined in the AWWA Bylaws Article III, IV and V.  If you have further questions, please contact Keli Jackson or Trish Allen.

Executive Committee

The application process for the AWWA Executive Committee is outlined in the AWWA Bylaws Article III, IV and V.  If you have further questions, please contact Keli Jackson or Trish Allen.

Board Committees

The application process for the AWWA Board Committees is outlined in the AWWA Board Policy, Article III.  If you have further questions, please contact Keli Jackson or Trish Allen.

Standing Committees

The application process for the AWWA Standing Committees is outlined in the AWWA Board Policy, Article III.  If you have further questions, please contact Keli Jackson or Trish Allen.

International Council

Commonly referred to as the IC

Shall not exceed 15 members, plus one staff advisor.

Expertise: Knowledge and experience with AWWA Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, Governing Documents, statements of policy of the Association, Mission, Vision and Strategic Plan.
Experience: Proven leadership within the AWWA volunteer structure. 3 years of experience conducting international business to include international travel. Foreign language capability desired.
Application process: Positions are nominated and appointed. Individuals may apply by completing an application.
AWWA membership: Member in good standing with the Association
Term: 3 years; eligible to apply for a second 3-year term
Time commitment: Mid to high

Description: Develops and coordinates AWWA's international policies and activities, actively promoting Association participation in the global drinking water community, representing the interests of the international members in the governance of AWWA and stimulating participation of international members and organizations within the Association. The council also coordinates with other councils and volunteer units of the Association to enhance international participation and understanding.

International Council - Committees

Committees are organized under the Board of Directors, councils and divisions and are comprised of those best qualified to address the issues and needs considered vital to the Association. The committee chair is selected for his or her special interest in and knowledge of the subject at hand. Committee members are chosen for their special knowledge as well as for their representation of an interested segment of the profession.

4 committees reside under the IC

Program Committee
To develop international sessions for AWWA’s Annual Conference and Exposition, IWA’s Biannual Water Congress and additional conferences as necessary. Also charged with liaison with the TEC.

Utility Partnership Committee
To manage the utility-to-utility partnerships by acting as the AWWA point of contact between USA utilities, off-shore utilities and the source of funds for the partnerships.
  • WOP program between USA utilities and developing country utilities
  • Matchmaking between USA utilities and developed country utilities

Association Relationships
To manage formal international relationships between AWWA and other associations/agencies by being the point of contact for AWWA and by working with and through AWWA staff.

International R&D
To investigate and develop international relationships with other industry organizations and AWWA.
  • Research trends and issues on the international water market
  • Find and determine value of international conferences and forums for AWWA involvement
  • Find and determine value of new international alliances for AWWA

Manufacturers/Associates Council

Commonly referred to as the MAC

Shall not exceed 20 members, plus one staff advisor.

Expertise: Knowledge and experience with AWWA Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, Governing Documents, statements of policy of the Association, Mission, Vision and Strategic Plan.
Experience: Proven leadership within the AWWA volunteer structure.
Application process: Positions are nominated and appointed. Individuals may apply by completing an application.
AWWA membership: Member in good standing with the Association
Travel: Meet 3 times per year during the spring, fall and annual conference in June. Travel expenses are not reimbursed for MAC members. Ad hoc committees conduct business in between meetings via conference call. Chairs of Councils serve on the Executive Committee and require additional travel.
Term: 3 years
Time commitment: Mid to high

Description: Provides responsible representation for, and involvement of, associate members, which include distributors, manufacturers, manufacturer reps and contractors; develops programs and activities for these members and encourages their membership and participation in AWWA; provides policy input and develops responses and commitment within the framework of AWWA on matters affecting these members.

Manufacturers/Associates Council - Committees

5 committees reside under the MAC

Expertise: Knowledge and experience specific to the committee’s focus area.
Experience: 5 years
Application process: Positions are reviewed and approved by the committee chair or other designee.
AWWA membership: In general, not required
Travel: Face to face meetings take place in the spring or fall. Travel is required, and reimbursement is not available. Other committee business is conducted in between meetings via conference call.
Term: 3 years
Time commitment: Mid

Description: Although the Association employs a staff to handle the administrative details of the organization, it is through committee work that its basic objectives are attained.

Committees are organized under the Board of Directors, councils and divisions and are comprised of those best qualified to address the issues and needs considered vital to the Association. The committee chair is selected for his or her special interest in and knowledge of the subject at hand. Committee members are chosen for their special knowledge as well as for their representation of an interested segment of the profession.

Public Affairs Council

Commonly referred to as the PAC
Shall not exceed 15 members, plus one staff advisor.

Expertise: Knowledge and experience with AWWA and its Mission, Vision and Strategic Plan, and particular experience in water sector and public affairs-related issues.
Experience: At least five years of professional experience, in addition to a history of work within the AWWA volunteer structure.
Application process: Members-at-large are nominated and appointed. Individuals may self-nominate by completing an application, or nominations can be made on behalf of an individual. The Council Chair is an elected position.
AWWA membership: Member in good standing with the Association
Travel: The Council holds three in-person meetings per year, with conference calls and GoToMeeting occurring as needed. Travel expenses are reimbursable for the spring and fall meetings. Chairs of Councils serve on the Executive Committee and require additional travel.
Term: 3 years
Time commitment: Mid to high

Description: Plans and coordinates public information and public relations programs and assists where applicable in public education and public involvement activities.

Public Affairs Council - Committees

6 committees reside under the PAC

Expertise: Knowledge and experience specific to the committee’s focus area.
Experience: At least three years
Application process: Current Council members are appointed to committees by the Council Chair on an as needed basis.
AWWA membership: AWWA membership is not required.
Travel: Not normally required. In general, work is conducted via email, conference call and GoToMeeting. Face to face meetings may take place as part of Council meetings. Committee travel outside of Council meetings is not required, and reimbursement is not available.
Term: 1-3 years
Time commitment: Mid

Description: The Association employs public affairs staff to handle the administrative and communications needs of the organization, but committees are often called upon to draft, review and edit projects, conference programming and other materials.

Committees are organized under the Board of Directors, councils and divisions and are comprised of those best qualified to address the issues and needs considered vital to the Association. The committee chair is selected for his or her special interest in and knowledge of the subject at hand. Committee members are chosen for their special knowledge as well as for their representation of an interested segment of the profession.

Standards Council

Commonly referred to as the Standards Council or SC

Shall not exceed 25 members, plus one staff advisor.

Expertise: Knowledge and experience with AWWA Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, Governing Documents, statements of policy of the Association, Mission, Vision and Strategic Plan. Specific expertise on the use and application of AWWA Standards, development procedures and process, and ANSI procedures and principles, is preferred.
Experience: Proven leadership within the AWWA volunteer structure. Prior participation on an AWWA standards committee is preferred.
Application process: Positions are nominated and appointed. Individuals may apply by completing an application..
AWWA membership: Member in good standing with the Association
Travel: Meet three times per year; spring, fall and at ACE in June. Travel expenses are reimbursed for the spring and fall meetings if a need is demonstrated. Travel expenses are not reimbursed for the meeting at ACE. Chairs of Councils serve on the Executive Committee and require additional travel.
Term: 3 years
Time commitment: Mid to high

Description: Develops standards and manuals according to procedures outlined in the Governing Documents. Standards are documents that serve as a base for contract specifications for purchases of materials and services. Manuals contain useful information, practices and recommendations designed to assist operating personnel as well as purchasers.

Standards Council - Committees

~70 committees reside under the Standards Council

Expertise:
Technical knowledge and experience specific to the committee’s focus area.
Experience: Minimum of 5-10 years’ experience specific to the committee’s focus area is preferred.
Application process: Prospective committee members are required to complete and submit a volunteer application and resume (if available). The staff liaison will forward the application and resume to the committee chair for approval, and then to the Standards Council secretary to approve on behalf of the Council.
AWWA membership: In general, not required
Travel: Not required; In general, work is conducted via email, conference call and GoToMeeting. Face to face meetings may coincide with the annual conference each June or during specialty conferences held in the spring or fall. Travel expenses are not reimbursed.
Term: 3 years
Time commitment: Low to high

Description: The standards committee structure is to provide within the committee the knowledge, expertise and a representative cross-section of divergent interests to develop, by due process and consensus, technically competent standards and manuals of practice for goods, products or services used in the water supply and wastewater community.

Committees shall strive to maintain a balance of members from the primary interest categories. The criteria for balance are that a)no single interest category constitutes more than one-third of the membership of a consensus body dealing with safety-related standards or b) no single interest category constitutes a majority of the membership of a consensus body dealing with other than safety-related standards.

Committee members’ interest categories shall be classified by the Standards Council in accordance with the business interest of their employers or, in the case of an individual member, in accordance with the member’s interest. Committee members shall be classified as one of the following:
  1. Producer (P): those predominantly responsible for the production and/or sale of the material, product, system or service that falls within the scope of work of the committee in question. Producer members shall either have (a) a manufacturing facility located in North America; or (b) an existing partnership and/or distribution or manufacturer representation agreement with a company located in North America. The number of producer members on a committee shall not exceed one third of the total membership of the committee.
  2. User (U): those predominantly responsible for or interested in the use of the material, product, system or service that falls within the scope of work of the committee in question.
  3. General Interest (GI): those who have interest other than the above.

Technical & Educational Council

Commonly referred to as the TEC

Shall not exceed 25 members, plus one staff advisor.

Expertise: Knowledge and experience with AWWA volunteer units, statements of policy of the Association, Mission, Vision and Strategic Plan.
Experience: Proven leadership within the AWWA volunteer structure.
Application process: Positions are nominated and appointed. Individuals may apply by completing an application.
AWWA membership: Member in good standing with the Association
Travel: Meet three times per year; spring, fall and at ACE in June. Travel expenses are reimbursed for the spring and fall meetings if a need is demonstrated. Travel expenses are not reimbursed for the meeting at ACE. Chairs of Councils serve on the Executive Committee and require additional travel and time commitment.
Term: 3 years with members-at-large eligible to apply for a second 3-year term
Time commitment: Mid to high

Description: Coordinates the work of the eight divisions and has responsibility for advancing AWWA activities in design, construction, operation, water quality and management of water utilities except in matters pertaining to standards.

Technical & Educational Council - Divisions

Under the Technical & Educational Council there are eight divisions that collaborate on development of technical manuals, reports, specialty conferences and technical sessions at ACE. Each division has the authority to undertake studies and investigations within its sphere of interest and recommend working committees that document progress through reports under the purview of the Technical & Educational Council, which considers them and recommends further action. 

Distribution and Plant Operations Division
Commonly referred to as the DPOD
Expertise: Knowledge of AWWA’s Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, Governing Documents, Statements of Policy, and the DPOD Mission.
Experience: Participation within the national AWWA volunteer structure, preferably as a Committee Chair for a full term of three years, or previous involvement with Section Committees.
Application process: Positions are nominated and appointed. Individuals may apply by completing an application and submitting it before December 31 every year.
AWWA membership: Trustees must be AWWA members in good standing.
Travel: While the majority of the DPOD’s work is accomplished by phone and electronic correspondence, attendance at its two annual face-to-face meetings is required. The Division meets in the fall and in June at ACE. Travel expenses are reimbursed for the fall meeting if a need is demonstrated. No travel expenses are reimbursed for the meeting at ACE.
Term: 3 years with trustees eligible to apply for a second 3-year term
Time commitment: Mid to high

Mission: To advance state-of-the-art knowledge and disseminate information concerning water distribution and treatment plant operations.

This includes the latest technologies for infrastructure replacement, rehabilitation of treatment plant facilities, customer metering practices, cross-connection control, energy management, water loss control procedures and equipment. Emphasis is placed on the advancement and education of water utility personnel through development of resource web pages, operational manuals, videos, webinars and handbooks as well as workshops and professional sessions covering related topics at ACE and related Specialty Conferences.

Engineering and Construction Division
Commonly referred to as E&C Division
Expertise: Knowledge of AWWA’s Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, Governing Documents, Statements of Policy, and the E&CD Mission.
Experience: Participation within the national AWWA volunteer structure, preferably as a Committee Chair for a full term of three years, or previous involvement with Section Committees.
Application process: Positions are nominated and appointed. Individuals may apply by completing an application and submitting it before December 31 every year.
AWWA membership: Trustees must be AWWA members in good standing.
Travel: While the majority of the E&CD’s work is accomplished by phone and electronic correspondence, attendance at its two annual face-to-face meetings is required. The Division meets in the fall and in June at ACE. Travel expenses are reimbursed for the fall meeting if a need is demonstrated. No travel expenses are reimbursed for the meeting at ACE.
Term: 3 years with trustees eligible to apply for a second 3-year term
Time commitment: Mid to high

Mission: To advance and disseminate knowledge of practices, procedures, equipment and materials related to the design, engineering, and construction of water utility facilities. The Division will also establish and maintain communications with appropriate technical and professional associations for the purpose of exchanging knowledge and information. 

Management and Leadership Division
Commonly referred to as M&LD
Expertise: Knowledge of AWWA’s Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, Governing Documents, Statements of Policy, and the M&LD Mission.
Experience: Participation within the national AWWA volunteer structure, preferably as a Committee Chair for a full term of three years, or previous involvement with Section Committees.
Application process: Positions are nominated and appointed. Individuals may apply by completing an application and submitting it before December 31 every year.
AWWA membership: Trustees must be AWWA members in good standing.
Travel: While the majority of the M&LD’s work is accomplished by phone and electronic correspondence, attendance at its two annual face-to-face meetings is required. The Division meets in late winter or early spring and in June at ACE. Travel expenses are reimbursed for the late winter/early spring meeting if a need is demonstrated. No travel expenses are reimbursed for the meeting at ACE.
Term: 3 years with trustees eligible to apply for a second 3-year term
Time commitment: Mid to high

Mission: To advance and disseminate knowledge to improve water utility management and leadership practices. 
 
Small Systems Division
Commonly referred to as SSD
Expertise: Knowledge of AWWA’s Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, Governing Documents, Statements of Policy, and the M&LD Mission.
Experience: Participation within the national AWWA volunteer structure, preferably as a Committee Chair for a full term of three years, or previous involvement with Section Committees.
Application process: Positions are nominated and appointed. Individuals may apply by completing an application and submitting it before December 31 every year.
AWWA membership: Trustees must be AWWA members in good standing.
Travel: While the majority of the SSD’s work is accomplished by phone and electronic correspondence, attendance at its two annual face-to-face meetings is required. The Division meets in the fall and in June at ACE. Travel expenses are reimbursed for the fall meeting if a need is demonstrated. No travel expenses are reimbursed for the meeting at ACE.
Term: 3 years with trustees eligible to apply for a second 3-year term
Time commitment: Mid to high

Mission: To serve as a focal point for all AWWA activities related to small systems and to establish goals and recommend policies to encourage active participation by other councils, committees and sections. To promote membership through programs, services, continuing education, awards and other methods and to evaluate issues being faced by small systems and then prepare recommendations and guidelines for programs, tools and services to be evaluated for implementation by the Association and the sections.

Water Conservation Division
Commonly referred to as WCD
Expertise: Knowledge and experience with AWWA Water Conservation Division volunteer units, statements of policy of the Association, Mission, Vision and Strategic Plan.
Experience: 5-10 years; Proven leadership within the AWWA volunteer structure.
Application process: Trustees are nominated and appointed. Individuals may apply by completing an application.
AWWA membership: Member in good standing with the Association
Travel: While much of the Division’s work in accomplished by telephone, e-mail and letter correspondence, attendance at its two annual meetings is required. The Division meets in the spring and in June at ACE. Travel expenses are reimbursed for the spring meeting if a need is demonstrated. No travel expenses are reimbursed for the meeting at ACE.
Term: 3 years with trustees eligible to apply for a second 3-year term
Time commitment: Mid to high

Description: To increase understanding and practical implementation of water use efficiency. 
 
Water Quality and Technology Division
Commonly referred to as WQTD
Expertise: Knowledge and experience with AWWA Water Quality & Technology Division volunteer units, statements of policy of the Association, Mission, Vision and Strategic Plan.
Experience: 5-10 years; Proven leadership within the AWWA volunteer structure.
Application process: Trustees are nominated and appointed. Individuals may apply by completing an application.
AWWA membership: Member in good standing with the Association
Travel: While much of the Division’s work in accomplished by telephone, e-mail and letter correspondence, attendance at its two annual meetings is required. The Division meets in the fall and in June at ACE. Travel expenses are reimbursed for the fall meeting if a need is demonstrated. No travel expenses are reimbursed for the meeting at ACE.
Term: 3 years with trustees eligible to apply for a second 3-year term.
Time commitment: Mid to high

Description: To advance and disseminate knowledge and technology related to achieving the highest-quality water by:
  1. fostering investigations of the physical, chemical, and microbiological contaminants that affect the quality of water and its suitability for use;
  2. promoting the development of water quality monitoring systems and laboratory measurement methods for assessment of water quality from the source to the consumer's tap; 
  3. promoting use of new technologies and evaluation of alternative methods of water treatment to find those that are most effective and economical to use.

Water Resource Sustainability Division
Expertise: Knowledge of AWWA Water Resource Sustainability Division volunteer units, Mission, Vision and Strategic Plan.
Experience: 5-10 years; Proven leadership within the AWWA volunteer structure.
Application process: Trustees are nominated and appointed. Individuals may apply by completing an application.
AWWA membership: Member in good standing with the Association
Travel: While much of the Division’s work in accomplished by telephone, e-mail and letter correspondence, attendance at its two annual meetings is required. The Division meets in the spring and in June at ACE. Travel expenses are reimbursed for the spring meeting if a need is demonstrated. No travel expenses are reimbursed for the meeting at ACE.
Term: 3 years with trustees eligible to apply for a second 3-year term
Time commitment: Mid to high

Description: To advance and disseminate knowledge tending to improve practices in the orderly investigation, development, conservation, and protection of surface and groundwaters, which are actual or potential sources of water supplies. 
 
Water Science and Research Division
Commonly referred to as Research Division
Expertise: Knowledge and experience with AWWA Water Science & Research Division volunteer units, statements of policy of the Association, Mission, Vision and Strategic Plan.
Experience: 5-10 years; Proven leadership within the AWWA volunteer structure.
Application process: Trustees are nominated and appointed. Individuals may apply by completing an application.
AWWA membership: Member in good standing with the Association
Travel: While much of the Division’s work in accomplished by telephone, e-mail and letter correspondence, attendance at its two annual meetings is required. The Division meets in the fall and in June at ACE. Travel expenses are reimbursed for the fall meeting if a need is demonstrated. No travel expenses are reimbursed for the meeting at ACE.
Term: 3 years with trustees eligible to apply for a second 3-year term.
Time commitment: Mid to high

Description: To advance, promote and disseminate scientific and technical research to assure the provision of drinking water of unquestionable quality and sufficient quantity by:
  1. identifying and communicating research needs and results related to water supply, treatment and distribution;
  2. encouraging basic and applied research by water utilities, educational institutions, consultants, manufacturers, government agencies and other appropriate entities; and
  3. advancing programs and opportunities for student members.

Technical & Educational Council - Committees

~ 70 committees reside under the TEC and its eight Divisions

Expertise: Knowledge and experience specific to the committee’s focus area.
Experience: 1-10 years; Young Professional applications are encouraged
Application process: Submitted applications are processed by AWWA staff with applicants placed on a committee that best suits their interest.
AWWA membership: AWWA membership is highly encouraged, but not always required.
Travel: Not normally required. In general, work is conducted via email, conference call and GoToMeeting. Face to face meetings take place during the annual conference each June and during specialty conferences held in the spring or fall. Travel is not required, and reimbursement is not available.
Term: 3 years with committee members eligible to apply for a second 3-year term.
Time commitment: Mid

Description: Although the Association employs a staff to handle the administrative details of the organization, it is through committee work that its basic objectives are attained.

Committees are organized under the Board of Directors, councils and divisions and are comprised of those best qualified to address the issues and needs considered vital to the Association. The committee chair is selected for his or her special interest in and knowledge of the subject at hand. Committee members are chosen for their special knowledge as well as for their representation of an interested segment of the profession.

Water Utility Council

Commonly referred to as the WUC

Shall not exceed 25 members, plus one staff advisor.

Expertise: Knowledge and experience with water or wastewater utility operations and the issues of concern to such utilities.
Experience: Proven leadership with at least 5 years’ experience within a water or wastewater utility.
Application process: Positions are nominated and appointed by separate committees of volunteers. Individuals may apply by completing an application.
AWWA membership: Must be an employee of an AWWA utility member in good standing with the Association
Travel: Travel expenses are generally reimbursed for two Council meetings a year. Travel to and registration for the Annual Conference and Exposition is also expected and is not reimbursed. Additional work is performed via e-mail and conference call. Chairs of Councils serve on the Executive Committee and require additional travel.
Term: 3 years with eligibility to apply for a second 3-year term
Time commitment: Mid to high

Description: The mission of the WUC is to provide leadership and promote sound policy on water issues of importance to utilities and the customers they serve. As such the WUC develops reports, materials, strategies, and tools on priority national legislative and regulatory issues, in order to encourage provision of better water service to the American public. The council also brings to the attention of other councils and committees of the Association policies and procedures that fall within their areas of interest.

Water Utility Council - Committees

4 committees reside under the WUC

Expertise: Knowledge and experience specific to the committee’s focus area.
Experience: 5-10 years
AWWA membership: Not necessarily required but strongly preferred.
Travel: Not normally required. In general, work is conducted via email, conference call or online. Face to face meetings may take place during the annual conference each June or during specialty conferences held in the spring or fall. Travel is not required, and reimbursement is either limited or not available
Term: 3 years
Time commitment: Mid
Description: Although the Association employs a staff to handle the administrative details of the organization, it is through committee work that its basic objectives are attained.

Committees are organized under the Board of Directors, councils and divisions and are comprised of those best qualified to address the issues and needs considered vital to the Association. The committee chair is appointed for his or her special interest in and knowledge of the subject at hand. Committee members are chosen for their special knowledge as well as for their representation of an interested segment of the profession.

Ad Hoc Committees/Task Force Committees

Expertise: Knowledge and experience specific to the task or project
Experience: Varies
Application process: Positions are by invitation.
AWWA membership: Varies
Travel: Varies; In general, work is conducted via email, conference call and GoToMeeting.
Term: Up to two years
Time commitment: Mid to high

Description: Ad Hoc Committees are appointed committee members to complete a specific task or project usually within a two year timeframe. In general, appointments are made by the Board of Directors. Travel and other requirements vary and are based on the needs of the task or project.

Award Committees

Expertise: Knowledge and experience specific to the award area.
Experience: 5-10 years
Application process: Positions are recommended by Council Chair for the Executive Committee’s review and final appointment.
AWWA membership: Member in good standing with the Association.
Travel: All work is conducted via email and conference call.
Term: 3 years with individuals eligible to apply for a second 3-year term.
Time commitment: Low to mid
 
Description: Awards may be established to recognize activities and accomplishments of Association members in all classes and sections. If deemed necessary, committees may be created to consider and recommend candidates for such awards for Board of Directors’ approval.

Sections

AWWA members are automatically members in one of 43 Sections across the US, Canada and Mexico, making for easy access to information and networking opportunities at a local level. Volunteer opportunities and local engagement are great ways to connect, learn and grow in your career. Contact your Section Services Relationship Manger to learn more about all the ways you can get involved, or connect to your Local Section directly for more information.