Regional Collaboration by Water Utilities

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) believes that regional collaboration is a valuable tool that can help utilities provide safe and reliable water and wastewater services to their customers on a sustainable basis.

The benefits of regional collaboration to utilities include, but are not limited to, sharing knowledge, increasing efficiency, minimizing capital expenditure, and enhancing source protection. Regional collaboration can take many forms, including regionalization of water supplies and infrastructure; water resource allocation agreements and policies; advocacy for water policy issues and legislation; emergency response roles and responsibilities; joint procurement and bidding; and shared use of physical infrastructure and personnel.

AWWA recognizes that any regional collaboration must support local needs and must be consistent with contemporary management practices. At the same time, AWWA emphasizes the need for utilities to operate as self‐sustaining organizations whose management practices and structures are sensitive to local conditions. Successful regional collaborations should be structured to enhance service, establish a workable balance between responsibility and authority, and equitably address the needs of all the parties involved, whether public or private.

Adopted by the Board of Directors June 15, 1980, reaffirmed Jan. 25, 1987, revised Jan. 31, 1993, June 21, 1998, Jan. 18, 2004,  Jan. 25, 2009, and Jan. 25, 2015.