ANSI-Accredited Standards of Minimum Requirements

The American Water Works Association first published consensus documents in 1908. Today, there are more than 180 AWWA standards. From source to storage, from treatment to distribution, AWWA standards cover all areas of water treatment and supply.
These documents reflect the state of the industry. As new technologies emerge, new standards develop.
These AWWA standards address all facets of water treatment and delivery.


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In 2020 the AWWA Standards Council celebrated 100 years of dedicated service to public health.

From the initial standards covering pipes, water meters and steel water storage tanks, AWWA volunteers have guided the expansion of the standards program. The Council has grown from five to 24 members, with nearly 1,600 volunteer subject matter experts serving on 72 Committees. There are 189 current AWWA Standards, and Standards Committees have produced 16 of AWWA's Manuals of Practice.

Thanks to the supporters of the 100th Anniversary Standards Council celebration!

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Latest Standards

AWWA C670-20 Online Chlorine Analyzer Operation and Maintenance

This standard describes online chlorine analyzer operation and maintenance (O&M) when the online chlorine analyzer is used for monitoring in the treatment of potable water, reclaimed water, or wastewater...

AWWA C901-20 Polyethylene (PE) Pressure Pipe and Tubing, 3/4 In. (19 mm) Through 3 In. (76 mm), for Water Service

This standard describes polyethylene (PE) pressure pipe and tubing made from material having standard PE code designation PE4710 and intended for use in...

AWWA G430-14(R20) Security Practices for Operation and Management

The purpose of this standard is to define the minimum requirements for a protective security program for a water, wastewater, or reuse utility that will promote the protection of employee safety, public health...  

AWWA G480-20 Water Conservation and Efficiency Program Operation and Management

This standard describes the critical elements of an effective water conservation and efficiency program. It encompasses activities undertaken by a utility within its own operations to...

Standards are a Valuable Resource

"AWWA has served the members and the water industry by dedicating staff and volunteer resources to this core program and has succeeded in enabling the continued development and expansion of industry standards."

- Paul Olson, Senior Manager of Standards Programs


Inside an AWWA Standard

Cover. The abbreviation for each standard name is located in the upper right corner of the cover. The last two digits of that title indicates the year the standard was approved. The bottom of the cover also states any applicable revision information.

Explanation. Each standard contains an overview of what an AWWA standard is.

Committee Personnel. Standards list the expert volunteers that are responsible for creating the standard. 

Use of this Standard. The most important section of the foreword, it includes your options and alternatives. 

Body of the Standard. Standards are divided into six sections:
I. General – provides the scope, purpose and application of the standard 
II. Documents referenced
III. Definitions of terms used
IV. Requirements – minimum requirements for a product to meet the prescribed standard
V. Verification – tests for materials and manufacturing processes to ensure product quality
VI. Delivery – how the product can be packaged, marked and shipped

Appendices. These contain additional guidance and reference materials to aid the use of the standard.


Standards Notices

Standards Program

Standards Process

Each AWWA Standard is developed by a dedicated volunteer committee and is subjected to a rigorous formal approval process.


Join a Committee

Give back to the water community by helping to develop or update an AWWA Standard. Find a Standards Committee of Interest.

Technical inquiries

Technical Inquiries

Direct any of your questions related to technical and operational information to our Department of Engineering & Technical Services.