Opflow 50th Celebration
Opflow 50th

Congratulations to Opflow!

AWWA is celebrating 50 years of publishing Opflow, beginning with the January/February 2024 issue (Vol. 50, No. 1)!

Opflow debuted in 1975 as an eight-page newsletter. Its consistent popularity among AWWA’s members and increased advertising revenue prompted AWWA to redesign Opflow in July 2006, making it the award-winning magazine you’re familiar with today.

Opflow presents new and established technologies and ideas that readers can apply to water treatment and distribution as well as wastewater operations.

Although a lot has changed over the years, it’s amazing how much has stayed the same.

  • Opflow has published articles written by operators for operators since the magazine’s first issue. Opflow continues to cover a wide range of new and established technologies that members can apply to water treatment and distribution as well as wastewater operations.
  • Recognizing that certified operators are a vital part of providing an adequate, safe supply of water, AWWA debuted Certification Corner, Opflow’s quiz section, in the first issue. Now AWWA has a range of resources to help individuals become certified operators and existing operators advance their careers. To learn more, visit the association’s Operators Resources page.
  • Turning problems into solutions is what operators do every day, and those solutions have been highlighted in Opflow’s Gimmicks & Gadgets section since the magazine’s first issue. The section’s popularity is reflected in the annual Gimmicks & Gadgets Contest, which allows operators to share their inventions and success stories with readers. Explore a list of past winners, along with contest rules and guidelines on the Gimmicks & Gadgets page.
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Remember that all of Opflow’s content, as well as content from Journal AWWA and AWWA Water Science, is archived online. Be sure to dive in online here to access the association’s journals and magazines anytime, anywhere to stay current on water topics.

Thanks to everyone involved with Opflow's continuing success, including the manufacturer members shown below.
Through your efforts, Opflow is one of AWWA's most valuable member benefits!

Lessons Learned From Opflow

We asked Opflow readers to join us as we celebrate 50 years of editorial excellence by sharing their lessons learned from Opflow over the years. From Opflow’s founding in 1975 to the present, look how much we’ve grown together.

You can still get involved in the celebration! Here’s how:

  1. Share your lessons learned from Opflow’s content in an email to the editor for a chance to see your story featured in the magazine. Submit a maximum of 300 words describing a noteworthy article you’ve read or experience you’ve gained from Opflow to opfloweditor@awwa.org.
  2. Join the conversation on social media! Post your experience and your #LessonsLearnedFromOpflow on social media throughout the year, tag @AmericanWaterWorksAssociation, and use the hashtag to engage with us.

Read inspiring stories and lessons learned from Opflow readers:

Opflow through the years:

Opflow 1975
Opflow 1997
Opflow 2002
Opflow 2003
Opflow 2006
Opflow May 2020
Opflow 20 Nov 2020
Opflow 2021
Opflow 2022
Opflow 2023


Become an Author

Do you have an innovative idea to help the water sector advance public health, safety, or the environment? AWWA offers several ways to share your insights with water industry thought leaders.

Showcase Your Research in AWWA Water Science

AWWA Water Science publishes original, peer-reviewed research on the science, engineering, and social aspects of water, bridging the gap between theory and practice for safe, sustainable water.

Submit a Paper

Contribute to Journal AWWA with a Feature of Column

Journal AWWA is the voice of AWWA and serves as a forum for thought leaders in the water and wastewater industry to learn about critical issues affecting water.

Submit topic ideas to journaleditor@awwa.org.

Present Your Operational Ideas in Opflow

Opflow is an award-winning magazine that presents new and established technologies and ideas that readers can apply to.

Submit topic ideas to opfloweditor@awwa.org.

Turn Your Ideas Into
a Published Book

AWWA publishes books on new ideas, stories, and information that further the water industry and offer a new perspective.

Submit a book proposal to books@awwa.org.