The American Water Works Association is excited to welcome the water community in-person to our conferences. AWWA is committed to protecting public health and will observe safety measures based on information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local facilities. Please check back at this page often for updates on COVID-19 protocols at AWWA Conferences.

AWWA’s first core principle is the protection of public health. This principle will continue to guide our conference environments now and in the future.

Health & Safety of Attendees

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, AWWA has evaluated and modified its events to keep participant safety as our top priority. Together with our partner convention centers and hotels and in consideration of CDC guidance and local government requirements, we are currently planning for the following health and safety measures for all AWWA conferences.

  • Masks are optional for all attendees. AWWA will have masks available.
  • Physical distancing is encouraged. Show management will strive to provide spacing within meeting space. 
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available.
  • Waiver review and release is required to attend.

The above safety measures may be updated to reflect new public health guidance. Please check this website regularly. 

Requirements and Release

Please note: the below requirements and release will be included as part of your conference registration.

Enhanced Safety and Health Measures:


Attendance at or participation in AWWA ACE is subject to the release below, and compliance with AWWA’s and the conference and event facilities’ policies and procedures to implement current CDC and applicable state’s recommendations, including, retreating immediately if feeling unwell or showing certain symptoms.

By checking Agree during registration, you acknowledge that attendance at and participation in AWWA conferences brings some risk of being exposed to or contracting COVID-19, and that you fully assume and accept such risk in order to attend. 

In light of the ongoing spread of COVID-19, individuals who currently or within ten (10) days prior to AWWA conferences who have experienced COVID 19 or any of its variants, any symptoms associated with COVID-19, which include fever, cough, and shortness of breath should not attend ACE. 

Release:


I hereby release, covenant not to sue, discharge, and hold harmless AWWA and its affiliates, including their respective employees, officers, directors, agents, and/or representatives, from any claim or cause of action, including all liabilities, penalties, losses, damages, costs, or expenses of any kind, arising out of or relating to exposure to COVID-19. I agree that the foregoing release, discharge, and covenants apply even when AWWA or its affiliate directly or indirectly caused injury, losses, or other harm related to COVID-19, whether by negligent acts or omissions, and whether a COVID-19 infection occurs before, during, or after participation in any AWWA (or affiliate) program. This release is binding on my heirs, administrators, executors, successors, and assigns.

Agreement to AWWA Conference Policies:

By selecting Agree during registration, you indicate you have read and agree with the terms in the AWWA COVID-19 Requirements and Release, in addition to all other registration terms, conditions and policies.


Traveling to Canada

Government of Canada has announced the removal of all COVID-19 entry restrictions, including testing and isolation, for anyone entering Canada after October 1, 2022.

All people can continue to do their part to protect themselves and others by getting vaccinated and boosted, using high quality and well-fitted masks where appropriate, self-isolating if they have symptoms and self-testing if they can. Travelers are still encouraged to use the optional Advance Declaration feature in ArriveCAN to save time at the airport by submitting their customs and immigration declaration in advance of arrival.

As a reminder - travelers must satisfy a Canadian border services officer that they meet the requirements for entry into Canada. Travelers should ensure that they have a valid and up to date passport; it is the only universally accepted identification document. Additionally, a valid visa or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) may be required. 
Information on US Passports 
Find out if you need further documentation to travel to Canada 
AWWA Visa Invitation Request Letter 
ArriveCAN 

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