Advocacy Links

WWEMA and WWEMA 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:

American Water Works Association
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.

Association of Clean Water Administrators
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.

Association of State Drinking Water Administrators
The Association of State Drinking Water Administrators 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.

Clean Water America Alliance
Launched in 2008, the Clean Water America Alliance is works to explore the complex issue of water sustainability and plan for the future by improving public awareness that advances holistic, watershed-based approaches to water quality and quantity challenges. A broad cross-section of interests have come together through the alliance to begin an important dialogue on the future, focusing on exploring and analyzing issues of critical importance to the nation's ability to provide clean and safe waters to future generations, offering information and education to citizens and policy-makers on key issues, and recognizing organizations and individuals for innovation and outstanding achievements in the water quality and quantity arena.

National Association of Clean Water Agencies
The National Association of Clean Water Agencies 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 Environmental Protection Agency.

National Rural Water Association
The National Rural Water Association 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.

National Utility Contractors Association
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.

Submersible Wastewater Pump Association
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.

Water Environment Federation
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) works to provide its members, public officials and the general public with the necessary tools to engage in or learn ways to improve quality of life through the sustainable management of water resources, water protection, and water and wastewater treatment.

Water Quality Association
The Water Quality Association 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.

WateReuse Association
The WateReuse Association exists to advance the beneficial and efficient uses of high-quality, locally produced, sustainable water sources for the betterment of society and the environment through advocacy, education, outreach, research, and membership.