About Water Equation

Water Equation History

Founded in 1881, American Water Works Association has a history of philanthropy.

Recognizing the need to provide continuing education for water operators and students to ensure the future workforce, AWWA founded Water Equation in 2015. At the same time, it entered into a partnership with Engineers without Borders - USA and American Society of Civil Engineers to create Community Engineering Corps with the goal of improving water infrastructure in underserved communities. Water Equation has adopted Community Engineering Corps as a funded program.

Prior to that, it created Water for People in 1991 as it shared the vision of a world where all people have access to safe water and adequate sanitation, and Water Research Foundation in 1961 to to advance the science of all water to meet the evolving needs of its subscribers and the water sector. Both of these organizations have separated from AWWA and have thrived on their own.

Our goals remain the same as they were in 1881, but we use innovation and technology to achieve them. This newest philanthropy, Water Equation, has a mission of educating water industry professionals as well as protecting our communities through safe water.

Our Mission

Providing funding for workforce advancement, scholarships, students, young professionals and Community Engineering Corps


Michelle Hektor Michelle Hektor is the Sr. Manager of Development and Donor Relations and has been managing AWWA's Water Equation since 2017.

Michelle develops strategies to meet fundraising goals and create sustainable revenue for the philanthropy.

Claire MoffittClaire Moffitt is the Sales & Development Associate who processes all gifts, supports the calendar of events with marketing, social media and email content, and manages office mailings.

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