Policy & Advocacy

The Voice of Water in Washington, D.C.

AWWA was formed to “promote public health, safety, and welfare through the improvement of the quality and quantity of water.”

Today, more than a century later the Water Utility Council is “the voice of water” on water policy.

AWWA delivers sector’s knowledge and expertise to inform national decision makers and through AWWA’s sections to state capitals.

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  • Read AWWA’s May 2024 Government Affairs Update
  • AWWA joins other water sector associations in a letter to President Biden requesting full funding for the Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Funds in his Fiscal Year 2025 Budget.
  • In a letter organized by the Council of Infrastructure and Financing Authorities (CIFA), AWWA joined 18 organizations in urging Congressional leadership to fund the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRFs) to the maximum authorization in federal law, $3 billion each, for fiscal year 2024.
  • On July 18, 2023, Orange County Water District and West Morgan-East Lawrence Water and Sewer Authority, working with the Water Coalition Against PFAS (of which AWWA is a key member) held an event to examine the impacts of PFAS liability the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and examine ways to focus that liability on those who created the issues (the “polluter pays” principle) rather than those passively receiving PFAS.
  • In a May 2023 survey, a statistically representative sample of public water system customers conducted by Morning Consult on behalf of AWWA indicates that confidence in tap water remains high.
  • In May 2023, AWWA issued comments on EPA’s proposed updates to the Consumer Confidence Report rule. The proposed rule may result in many changes to the CCR and will impact every community water system in some manner.
  • In March 2023, AWWA conducted its Water Matters Fly-in, with AWWA sections sending delegates from all over the country to meet with their members of Congress to discuss essential water-related issues.  This year, these delegates discussed issues related to infrastructure finance, cybersecurity, the upcoming Farm Bill, and issues related to PFAS and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).