Refer A Member

Share the Benefits of Membership, Earn Rewards

You know AWWA provides the best technical resources and networking opportunities in the water-sector. Refer a colleague and get rewarded for each person that joins. More members mean more connections and resources for you!

How the rewards program works

To be eligible for rewards, make sure your name and email address are included on the membership applications of everyone you refer. The rewards start rolling with the very first person you bring in.

Referral Rewards*

  • Refer one member, receive an annual commemorative lapel pin.
  • Refer two members, receive an umbrella.
  • Refer three to five members in a quarter, receive a $25 gift card.
  • Refer six or more members in a quarter, receive a $50 gift card.


2022 Grand Prize**

You'll receive an entry into our 2022 Grand Prize drawing for each and every member you refer. The more you bring in, the greater your chances of winning!

  • Complimentary registration and hotel accommodations for ACE23


  • A check for $1,000 to spend however you want!

AWWA is your professional association. The networking and knowledge base we support is strengthened with each new member, adding important and unique viewpoints, keen perspectives and fresh ideas. Please take a moment to invite a colleague or friend to join AWWA. You’ll help raise the collective level of expertise within the industry.

* Student and retiree memberships do not count toward Quarterly Referral Prizes.
** Winners are responsible for any applicable income tax declarations on Grand Prize earnings.


Membership Recruitment Awards

The following awards were created to inspire recruiters and recognize their outstanding achievements. These individuals are recognized at ACE each year.

Zenno A. Gorder Award

Named for a long-time AWWA supporter, contributor and membership advocate, this prestigious award recognizes both the individual member and the Section staff member who recruit the most members each year. The award is presented annually during the Opening General Session at ACE.

Diamond Pin Award

This award recognizes cumulative recruitment efforts over time. To qualify, a member must earn 25 points within a two-year timeframe. An additional Diamond Pin is awarded at each consecutive 25-point interval thereafter (up to 500 points, at which point the recruiter earns the Ambassador Award). Winners are recognized annually during the Volunteer Celebration at ACE.

  • Individual, utility and service provider members = 1 point each
  • Student and operator members = ½ point each

Ambassador Award

This award recognizes the outstanding achievement of 500 or more membership recruitment points. Winners are recognized annually during the Volunteer Celebration at ACE.

Presidential Awards

These successive awards recognize extraordinary accomplishments in membership recruiting. Presidential Awards have Silver, Gold and Platinum achievement levels based on accrued recruitment points. Winners are recognized annually during the Volunteer Celebration at ACE.

Nicholas S. Hill Jr. Award

Named for an AWWA past president and early innovator in water chlorination, this award recognizes the Section that achieves the greatest net growth in the award year.