Manuals of Practice

Water Community Best Practices: Consensus Approved Manuals

For smooth and efficient day-to-day operation and management of municipal water systems, water professionals depend on AWWA Manuals of Water Supply Practices. AWWA Manuals are consensus documents focused on providing strategies and steps for water system optimization, and are written, reviewed, and approved by members of AWWA volunteer committees.   

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M3 Safety Management

M3 Safety Management for Utilities

This manual focuses on protecting a utility’s most valuable resource — its employees — by ensuring a safe environment in which to work and establishing a workplace safety program.

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M71 Climate Action Plans – Adaptive Management Strategies for Utilities

The purpose of M71 Climate Action Plans is to provide a starting point for utility managers and planners tasked with climate change adaptation planning and...

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M25 Geomembrane

M25 Geomembrane Floating Covers and Liners

This manual is intended to serve as a technical reference guide for designing, installing, operating, and maintaining geomembrane liners and floating covers...

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M14 Backflow Prevention

M14 Backflow Prevention

This manual includes a new chapter on conducting a cross-connection control survey and expands the discussions on assessing the risks and preventing backflow....

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Inside a Manual of Water Supply Practices

Best Practices: Manuals showcase the most important tips and strategies available.

Images, Graphs & Figures: Critical information is presented in easy-to-read formats.

Case Studies: Timely case studies showcase how the principles and practices described can be implemented.

Appendices: Additional information, resources, worksheets and more are usually included at the close of each manual.

Inside an AWWA Manual

AWWA's 60-Plus Manuals Cover the Topics Water Professionals Need

Utility Management

Water Utility Management

These in-depth manuals help leaders understand the fundamentals of everything from rate setting to safety management and emergency planning.

Water Quality and Treatment

Water Quality & Treatment

These manuals primarily focus on specific water quality and treatment issues, such as water fluoridation, waterborne pathogens, filtration and much more.

Distribution Systems

Water Distribution Systems

Some manuals cover overarching topics like computer modeling and corrosion control, while others focus on equipment in the distribution channel.

Water Resources

Water Resources Management

Other manuals focus on topics that touch on all facets of water management, including source water conservation, groundwater and drought preparedness.

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