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Understanding and Using AWWA Standards for Water Utilities. AWWA Standards At 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. Objectives.

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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.

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  • 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?

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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

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Understanding the difference is crucial

  • Standards set minimum requirements for products.

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

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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.

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How Standards can help you?

  • Design/Specification Preparation

  • Purchasing

  • Understanding What’s Happening

  • Maintenance

  • Regulatory Compliance

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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

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Standards Designations

  • Series Type (e.g. C-700)

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

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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

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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

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Standards Designations

C300 Concrete PipeC400 Asbestos-Cement PipeC500 Valves and HydrantsC600 Pipe InstallationC650 Disinfection of FacilitiesC700 MetersC800 Service LinesC900 Plastic PipeD100 StorageF100 Plant Equipment

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Standards Development Process

  • Consensus by Standards Committee

  • Review by Standards Council

  • Public Review

  • AWWA Board of Directors Approval

  • ANSI Approval

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American National Standard Institute

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

  • ANSI requires an open development process.

  • ANSI audits standards developers.

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Standards Committee Members

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

  • General Interest Members

  • Consumers

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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.

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Current AWWA Standards Activities

  • 52 Committees

  • 132 Standards

  • 13 Manuals of Water Supply Practice

  • 1500 AWWA Volunteers involved

  • 3 – AWWA Staff Professional Engineers

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Availability of Standards


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How can you get involved in the Standards process?

  • Log on to http//www.awwa.org

  • Click on Science and Technology

  • Click on Volunteer

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Why use AWWA Standards?

  • Vital guidelines

  • Quick Reference

  • Trusted Source

You can become part of the AWWA Volunteer Team too!

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What Questions do you have?

AWWA Standards Department

standards@awwa.orgPh: 303-794-7711

Fax: 303-795-7603