Chapters and Related Groups
Our grassroots efforts began in 1895 with just a handful of individual companies and member volunteers in Pennsylvania coming together to engage officials, customers and public utility commissioners on water issues. It wasn't until 1971, when we moved to Washington, DC, and adopted our current name and mission, that the National Association of Water Companies began providing member services on a national level.
Today, our chapters located throughout the country bring our national mission to the local level and keep moving water forward through community outreach, public affairs and advocacy efforts. These self-governing groups also partner with subgroups of other large water organizations such as the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF).
Every chapter and group is unique to its area. All were formed at different times and for different reasons, but what they have in common is a focus on the specific water challenges facing their regions and a commitment to work with others to try and solve them now.
State chapters allow private water companies to "think globally and act locally." We urge companies to consider the health of their customers and stability of their water systems, and to take action in their own state by joining an existing and active chapter, or starting a new one.
We encourage you to check out some of the initiatives being launched by our chapters by clicking on their individual pages on this website. For information on how you can join or start a chapter, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.