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Understanding and Using AWWA Standards for Water Utilities

AWWA StandardsAt Work Every Day!!!

Water facts

  • 79,000 + tons of chlorine per year used to treat water.

  • 1 million miles of pipelines and aqueducts carry water in the United States and Canada.


  • What are the AWWA Standards?

  • How can they help me?

  • How can I use them effectively?

  • How are Standards developed?

  • Who develops them?

  • What are some interesting facts about AWWA Standards?

How can I become active in the Standards process?

What are AWWA Standards?

  • Were first published in 1908

  • Are minimum requirements for design, installation, performance and manufacturing

  • Are not specifications

  • Are not endorsements

  • Are voluntarily used

Understanding the difference is crucial

  • Standards set minimum requirements for products.

  • Standards are tools that can be used to write specifications.

Understanding the difference is crucial

  • Specifications go beyond the parameters of standards.

  • Specifications include unique characteristics that the user requires: delivery requirements, defaults, insurance, bonding, etc.

How Standards can help you?

  • Design/Specification Preparation

  • Purchasing

  • Understanding What’s Happening

  • Maintenance

  • Regulatory Compliance

How to use the Standards effectively

  • Identify your options and special requirements

  • Use the right standard

  • Use the most recent edition

  • Read the entire standard including foreword and appendices

Standards Designations

  • Series Type (e.g. C-700)

  • Year standard approved or last revised (e.g. C700-02)

Anatomy of a Standard

  • Inside Cover – What a Standard Is

  • Committee Personnel

  • Table of Contents

  • Foreword

  • 6 Sections (General, References, Definitions, Requirements, Verification, Delivery)

  • Appendices

Standards Group Designations

A100 Ground Water and Wells B100 FiltrationB200 SofteningB300 Disinfection ChemicalsB400 CoagulationB500 Scale and Corrosion ControlB600 Taste and Odor ControlB700 ProphylaxisC100 Ductile Iron Pipe and FittingsC200 Steel Pipe

Standards Designations

C300Concrete PipeC400Asbestos-Cement PipeC500Valves and HydrantsC600Pipe InstallationC650Disinfection of FacilitiesC700MetersC800Service LinesC900Plastic PipeD100StorageF100Plant Equipment

Standards Development Process

  • Consensus by Standards Committee

  • Review by Standards Council

  • Public Review

  • AWWA Board of Directors Approval

  • ANSI Approval

American National Standard Institute

  • AWWA Standards are also adopted as American National Standards (ANSI).

  • ANSI requires an open development process.

  • ANSI audits standards developers.

Standards Committee Members

  • Producer Representatives (may only comprise 1/3 of voting membership)

  • General Interest Members

  • Consumers

Committee Members

  • Have experience and interest in the topic and be committed.

  • Ideally attend 1 meeting per year and take responsibility for assignments and ballot returns seriously.

Current AWWA Standards Activities

  • 52 Committees

  • 132 Standards

  • 13 Manuals of Water Supply Practice

  • 1500 AWWA Volunteers involved

  • 3 – AWWA Staff Professional Engineers

Availability of Standards


How can you get involved in the Standards process?

  • Log on to http//www.awwa.org

  • Click on Science and Technology

  • Click on Volunteer

Why use AWWA Standards?

  • Vital guidelines

  • Quick Reference

  • Trusted Source

You can become part of the AWWA Volunteer Team too!

What Questions do you have?

AWWA Standards Department

standards@awwa.orgPh: 303-794-7711

Fax: 303-795-7603

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