Wastewater Collection Systems

Wastewater Conveyance


Wastewater collections systems are comprised of gravity pipes, manholes, tanks, lift stations, control structures, and force mains that gather used water from residential and nonresidential customers and convey the flow to the wastewater treatment plant.  It takes thousands of miles of pipeline to collect this wastewater so it can be treated and returned to the environment.



AWWA Benchmarking: Performance Management for Water and Wastewater Utilities 

In an ever-changing environment, utility managers must balance the needs of regulations and customer expectations and deliver a quality product with well-received rates. Benchmarking remains a consistent tool used in the water sector industry for more than 20 years as a method to support a utility’s continual improvement efforts. 

Buy AWWA's 2021 Benchmarking Report.

AWWA Manuals 


AWWA Standards 



2020 Water Infrastructure Conference, Philadelphia, PA, November 2-5
2021 Utility Management Conference, Atlanta, February 23-26

AWWA Policy Statements

AWWA's policy statements are brief statements on protecting and improving water supply, water quality, management, and the interests of the public and the environment. They are written by consensus, subject to review and comment by AWWA committees, councils, and members. Because they represent AWWA's position on these matters, they are approved by the AWWA Executive Committee of the board of directors. 

Technical Committee Engagement 

AWWA members are recognized globally for their industry expertise and their generosity in sharing that expertise for a better world through better water. AWWA members participate in committee activities, developing conference programs, writing technical manuals, developing standards, creating educational content and contributing to AWWA publications. Committee members primarily interact through conference calls, emails, and face to face meetings at conferences and events. Access more information on volunteering for an AWWA committee