For more than 100 years AWWA has developed voluntary standards of minimum requirements, materials, equipment and practices used in water treatment supply. They are used by thousands of manufacturers, distributors and facilities worldwide to ensure the highest quality products and service.

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Benchmarking is providing useful tools and industry-developed processes that are key to management success for water utilities. It enables the use of common metrics and performance measures in tracking performance against internal targets, as well as engage with peer utilities to compare performance and share information about underlying business practices.

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The Transformative Water Leadership Academy

The Transformative Water Leadership Academy (TWLA) is where the next generation of water utility leaders focus on the foundations of sustainable community leadership: how to integrate social, environmental, and financial concerns into important decisions about water utilities. This 10-month program addresses leadership for drinking water, wastewater, stormwater management, and water reuse. Participants will learn to balance short- and long-term priorities while creating value for all water stakeholders. 

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Partnership for Safe Water

The Partnership for Safe Water is an unprecedented alliance of six prestigious drinking water organizations. The PSW's mission is to improve the quality of water delivered to customers by optimizing water system operations. The PSW offers self-assessment and optimization programs so that operators, managers and administrators have the tools to improve performance above and beyond even proposed regulatory levels.

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Partnership for Clean Water

The Partnership for Clean Water is a global optimization and recognition program for wastewater utilities. It is established as a parallel program to the Partnership for Safe Water, which has successfully been helping drinking water utilities optimize performance for more than 20 years. The first PCW program is for wastewater treatment plant optimization, with programs for the optimization of reuse facilities and collection systems to be launched in the future.

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Community Engineering Corps

Leveraging the membership of Community Engineering Corps’ alliance partners – American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Water Works Association, and Engineers without Borders USA – we bring more than 200,000 technical professionals and students together to serve communities across the United States. These individuals volunteer their time and expertise to assist communities that do not have the resources to access engineering services. With a strong commitment to community-driven projects, our volunteers work alongside community members to design solutions to identified problems.

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Effective Utility Management

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AWWA, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and nine other association partners representing the US water and wastewater sector have collaborated to identify and provide tools to promote effective utility management.

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