Water Utility Council

The WUC is the voice of water

AWWA's Water Utility Council oversees the Association's government affairs program to ensure it represents the sector effectively to benefit water consumers.



The WUC is composed only of senior officials of water utilities. The Council includes officials from utilities of all sizes and both municipal and private ownership, and pains are taken to ensure widespread diversity and geographic representation in WUC membership.

Membership is open to employees of utility members of AWWA, who may be nominated or self-nominate online. The nominating and appointing process for WUC positions is rigorous, fair, and open.

WUC positions include Chair, Vice Chair, Legislative Committee Chair, Regulatory Committee Chair and Treasurer of the Water Industry Technical Action Fund, known as the WITAF. 

Current Chair of the Water Utility Council, Ken Lykens of Denver, Colorado


Water Industry Technical Action Fund

WITAF is managed by the WUC to support projects, studies, analyses, reports and presentations in support of AWWA's legislative and regulatory agenda. WITAF is funded by a portion of organizational member's dues.

Technical Advisory Workgroups

A network of technical experts drawn from AWWA's membership are convened as needed to ensure AWWA is providing federal decision-makers, AWWA sections, utilities and the public timely and accurate information they need to make decisions.  Currently technical advisory workgroups are working on the following topics:

  • Climate Change and Sustainability
  • Disinfection By-products and disinfection
  • Distribution Systems
  • Lead and Copper Rule
  • Perchlorate
  • Radionuclides
  • SDWA processes and emerging contaminants
  • Security and preparedness
  • Utility management and finance
  • Water resources and source water protection


If you are interested in learning more, please call 202.628.8303.