WWEMA and its members maintain active relationships with numerous water- and wastewater-related organizations as an integral part of our efforts to advocate for the interests of manufacturers and technology providers:
The American Water Works Association is an international nonprofit educational association dedicated to safe water, serving as a resource for knowledge, information, and advocacy for improving the quality and supply of water in North America and beyond.
Founded in 1961, the Association of Clean Water Administrators is a national, nonpartisan professional organization whose members are the state, interstate and territorial officials who are responsible for the implementation of surface water protection programs throughout the nation. In addition to serving as a liaison among these officials, the association facilitates their communication with the federal government and promotes public education.
The Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) is an organization of the largest publicly owned water utilities in the United States serving more than 100,000 people. AMWA is the voice of metropolitan water systems on federal water policy issues, and its programs foster sustainable, innovative utility management.
The Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA) is the professional association serving state drinking water programs. Formed in 1984 to address a growing need for state administrators to have national representation, ASDWA has become a respected voice for state primacy agents with Congress, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and other professional organizations. ASDWA members are the drinking water program administrators in the 50 states, territories, the Navajo Nation, and the District of Columbia.
The Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) is the national non-profit, non-partisan association of state and territorial environmental agency leaders. The purpose of ECOS is to improve the capability of state environmental agencies and their leaders to protect and improve human health and the environment of the United States of America.
The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) was established in 1970 by a group of individuals representing large municipal sewerage agencies who came together to secure federal funding for municipal wastewater treatment and discuss emerging national interest in improving the quality of the nation’s waters. In the quarter century that followed, the association grew and its interests diversified; today, NACWA is involved in all facets of water quality protection and has built credible, collaborative relationships with members of Congress, presidential administrations and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Founded in 1895 by a handful of small water companies in Pennsylvania, the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) has members located throughout the nation and ranging in size from large companies owning, operating or partnering with hundreds of utilities in multiple states to individual utilities serving a few hundred customers. NAWC is dedicated to helping close the information gap by serving as a credible resource for anyone seeking information about the water issues facing the nation today and in the foreseeable future, and the powerful and practical solutions that are available by way of the private water sector.
The National Rural Water Association (NRWA) was formed in 1976. The organization’s strong grassroots advocacy efforts ensure increased funds, and their availability, through the Rural Utilities Service, State Revolving Loan Funds and other private entities. NRWA advocates for reasonable, practical, and affordable regulations for the majority of water supplies across the nation. It is the largest water and wastewater utility membership organization in the nation, representing 28,000+ public water and wastewater utilities. While membership includes utilities of all sizes, its members primarily service populations of 10,000 or less and comprise 94 percent of the public water systems in America.
The National Utility Contractors Association is the largest trade association working solely for the underground utility construction industry. It represents contractors, suppliers, and manufacturers involved in water, sewer, gas, electric, telecommunications, site work, and other segments of the industry across the country.
The Submersible Wastewater Pump Association is a national trade association representing and serving the manufacturers of submersible pumps for municipal and industrial wastewater applications. Founded in 1976, the association’s primary focus is on industry guidelines, education and promotion. Its mission is to enhance the global wastewater environment by informing, educating, and providing leadership in the design, procurement, and operation of submersible wastewater pumping systems.
On January 1, 2018, the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation and Water Research Foundation integrated into one organization led by a single Board of Directors comprised of the directors of the two organizations with two Co-Chairs and two Co-CEOs. The new organization will have approximately 1,200 subscribers, 2,300 research studies, and a $700M portfolio. The integration represents the evolution of water research issues, the overlap between water and wastewater, and efficiencies to be gained through a consolidated research program. The Headquarters office is located in Denver, CO with an office in Alexandria, VA.
The U.S. Water Alliance believes that all water has value. It must be managed in a sustainable and inclusive manner to build strong economies, vibrant communities, and healthy environments. It is driving a one water movement—an approach to water stewardship that is innovative, inclusive, and integrated. As a member-supported national nonprofit organization, the Alliance educates the nation about the true value of water and proactively advances policies and programs that manage water resources to advance a better quality of life for everyone.
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization of 33,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. Since 1928, WEF and its members have protected public health and the environment. As a global water sector leader, its mission is to connect water professionals; enrich the expertise of water professionals; increase the awareness of the impact and value of water; and provide a platform for water sector innovation.
The Water Quality Association (WQA) represents the residential, commercial, and industrial water treatment industry. It maintains a close dialogue with other organizations representing different aspects of the water industry in order to best serve consumers, government officials, and industry members. WQA is a resource and information source, a voice for the industry, an educator for professionals, a laboratory for product testing, and a communicator to the public.
Since its founding in 1990, the WateReuse Association has advocated for policies, laws, and funding at the state and federal level to increase the practice of recycling water. Its national office leads the advocacy efforts with the U.S. Congress and federal agencies, including the Bureau of Land Reclamation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Seven state sections work with state lawmakers and regulatory agencies to advance state policies on water reuse.