AWWA's Innovation Initiative is an effort with the mission to inspire the implementation of innovative thinking and best practices in the water sector.  

Innovation Initiative volunteers explore innovation from the perspectives of key stakeholders - technology providers, consultants, academia, regulators, and utilities - to present resources and strategies that encourage collaboration and advance innovation.  

Learn more about AWWA's activities and resources to support innovation on this page. 

Experience Innovation at AWWA

innovation roadmap

Innovation is essential to addressing increasingly stringent regulatory requirements, improving efficiency and effectiveness, meeting workforce needs and expectations, and reducing costs. 

The Innovation Roadmap provides guidance will help utilities identify and prioritize challenges, decide where to focus innovation efforts and resources, and develop or improve a utility innovation program. 


it forum


AWWA's IT Forum events provide opportunities for peer-to-peer sharing for IT professionals in the water sector.

AWWA articles

Links to innovation-related Journal AWWA and Opflow articles below.  Access to full-text articles is a benefit of AWWA membership.


ACE18 - Innovation & Technology Track

Utilities need innovative solutions and advanced technology in order to thrive despite new and mounting challenges.  Engage in discussions with water utility leaders, the regulatory community, and manufacturers around overcoming barriers and accelerating innovation within the water sector.  Uncover ways to optimize your system as industry leaders present the latest technological advances to make you more effective and efficient at operating your utility.

Visit the ACE18 Innovation Lounge, powered by Isle - Booth #21108

Search AWWA articles

Search decades of archived articles published in Journal AWWA and Opflow on this and many other related topics.

Gimmicks & Gadgets

AWWA's Gimmicks and Gadgets contest highlights operator ingenuity and creativity.  Gimmicks and Gadgets features homegrown, innovative solutions to utility problems that helps save time and money - winners earn cash prizes and AWWA recognition!