How does your utility compare?

Benchmarking utility performance indicators is an essential element of continuous improvement, allowing utilities to track their own performance and to compare their results to peers to identify areas that could be strengthened.

AWWA UTILITY Benchmarking Survey

Thank you for your interest in the AWWA Utility Benchmarking Survey. The data collection period for Fiscal Year 2015 (FY2015) closed on April 1, 2016. AWWA appreciates the participation of each of the utilities who submitted their completed survey. Individual utility reports will be available free to participants in June, 2016. The aggregated results from this years survey will be available for purchase in early Fall 2016.

For 2016, a workshop was held at AWWA's Annual Convention and Exposition in Chicago for FY2015 Survey participants to review aggregated survey results, explore their performance indicators, and discuss industry best practices. A similar workshop will be held prior to the AWWA Water Infrastructure Conference in October 2016 in Phoenix.

Please contact AWWA Benchmarking with any questions. Thank you


Submit the following form to obtain a copy of the 2015 Survey template, which can be used as a guide in preparing for next year's survey. The template for the 2016 Survey will be available and distributed in January 2017. Participants in the 2015 effort will have a prepopulated 2016 Survey sent to them directly. AWWA looks forward to your participation at that time.

Additionally, please provide any feedback on the Survey template, including suggestions for improvement or proposed new metrics to AWWA Benchmarking.



Previous AWWA Utility Benchmarking Efforts

The performance data and trends generated through AWWA’s Utility Benchmarking Survey provide useful ranges of metrics so decision makers can gauge how their organization is currently performing and where they should set reasonable performance goals. Metrics conform to five key areas: Organizational Development, Business Operations, Customer Service, Water Operations, and Wastewater Operations. Completing the survey and analyzing the results will help you establish, revise, or confirm your utility’s performance targets.

Historical survey data and reports are available in the AWWA Store.


Book cover for Performance BenchmarkingDownload the Water Research Foundation’s 2014 report and tool: Performance Benchmarking for Effectively Managed Water Utilities.

From this link you can get the final report, the benchmarking tool, guidance on using the tool, and the webcast that provides an overview of the project which (1) identified best practices and metrics used by water (water and wastewater) utilities to support each of the ten attributes of effectively managed water utilities, (2) developed and documented a framework and methodology for utilities to evaluate the attributes, and (3) created an Excel-based tool that they can use to conduct a self-assessment for internal performance benchmarking

For each of the ten attributes, the tool helps a utility identify areas where it can undertake activity to improve its performance. Performance measures are defined so that utilities can track their progress in achieving performance goals in areas they define as high priority. The tool allows utilities to track both the level of performance achieved and the degree of implementation within their organizations for each performance measure.


Partnership for Safe Water logo

The Partnership for Safe Water is an unprecedented alliance of six prestigious drinking water organizations.  The Partnership’s goal is to offer self-assessment and optimization programs so that utilities have the tools to improve treatment plant and distribution system performance above and beyond even proposed regulatory levels.

 Data is submitted annually by treatment plant and distribution system program subscribers.  This data is compiled in the Partnership’s Annual Data Report.  The report provides utilities with a basis for performance comparison with Partnership subscribers and serves to quantify and communicate the impact of this industry program on drinking water quality.

Open the 2014 Annual Data report (1.4 MB,PDF)

Open the 2013 Annual Data report (1.5 MB,PDF)


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Water loss findings from various North American utilities are presented in the following audit datasets for years 2011 to 2013.  Explore the IWA/AWWA Water Loss Methodology and download the free Water Audit Software from AWWA's Water Loss Control Resource Community

2011 Validated Water Audit Data for Reliable Benchmarking analysis report (PDF)

2011 Validated Water Audit Data (XLS)

2012 Validated Water Audit Data (XLSM)

2013 Validated Water Audit Data (XLSM)