Water Utility Council

Water Utility Council

The WUC is the Voice of Water

AWWA's Water Utility Council oversees the Association's Washington, D.C., office and its government affairs program. Called "the WUC," the Council has been charged with setting legislative and regulatory priorities and positions for AWWA and ensuring they are represented effectively to benefit water consumers. The WUC literally brings "the voice of water" to federal decision-makers.


The WUC is composed only of senior officials of water utilities. The Council includes officials from utilities of all sizes and both municipal and private ownership, and pains are taken to ensure widespread diversity and geographic representation in WUC membership.

Membership is open to employees of utility members of AWWA, who may be nominated or self-nominate online. The nominating and appointing process for WUC positions is rigorous, but fair and open.

The current Chair of the WUC is Kurt Vause, Special Projects Director of the Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility in Alaska. Other WUC positions include Vice Chair, Legislative Committee Chair, Regulatory Committee Chair and Treasurer of the Water Industry Technical Action Fund, known as the WITAF.

WUC Chair, Kurt Vause.


Water Industry Technical Action Fund

The WITAF is managed by the WUC to support projects, studies, analyses, reports and presentations in support of AWWA's legislative and regulatory agenda.WITAF is funded by a portion of every organizational member's dues.

Technical Advisory Workgroups

The WUC also oversees a network of technical experts drawn from AWWA's membership. Such experts are convened as needed to sit as Technical Advisory Workgroups. The TAWS are currently empaneled to cover the following range of topics:

  • Conservation
  • Climate Change and Sustainability
  • Disinfection By-products
  • Disinfection and Microbial Issues
  • Inorganic Chemicals and Corrosion By-products
  • Pesticides and Synthetic Organic Chemicals
  • Radionuclides
  • Residual Management
  • Risk Management
  • Small Systems
  • Source Water Protection
  • Total Water Management
  • Wetlands.

If you are interested in serving on one of these TAWs, please call 202-628-8303.