Public and private water providers manage and deliver water for irrigation, making them critical partners for the Irrigation Association and our members. IA works with a number of water purveyor associations to:
- Promote irrigation practices and technologies that can minimize peak water use and reduce demands on infrastructure.
- Advocate water restrictions and licensing requirements that are based on proven best practices.
- Educate their members and the public about the quality of life and ecosystem benefits of community greenscapes.
- Communicate the role efficient irrigation plays in long-term sustainability of water resources.
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The American Water Works Association is the world’s largest association of water professionals. AWWA focuses on water resource development, water and wastewater treatment technology, water storage and distribution, and utility management and operations. AWWA provides knowledge, information and advocacy to improve water quality and supply, and advances public health, safety and welfare.
The Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies represents the largest publicly-owned drinking water systems in the United States. AMWA works to ensure safe and cost-effective federal drinking water laws and regulations that protect public health. In the realm of utility management, AMWA focuses on competitiveness issues, providing programs, publications and services to help water suppliers be more effective and efficient.
The National Association of Clean Water Agencies represents the collective interests of U.S. clean water utilities. Originally founded to represent the interests of large, municipal wastewater treatment works, today NACWA is involved in all facets of watershed management, including nonpoint source pollution control and the protection of air quality and endangered species.
The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners represents state public service commissioners who regulate essential utility services throughout the country, including water. NARUC serves the public interest by improving the quality and effectiveness of public utility regulation. As regulators, NARUC’s members are charged with protecting the public and ensuring that rates charged by regulated utilities are fair, just and reasonable.
The National Association of Water Companies represents all aspects of the private water service industry. NAWC’s members include owners of regulated drinking water and wastewater utilities, as well as the many forms of public-private partnerships and management contract arrangements. NAWC promotes the value of the private sector as the provider of quality, sustainable water services and innovative solutions.
The National Rural Water Association, through its state affiliates, is the largest U.S. water and wastewater utility membership organization. While NRWA represents utilities of all sizes, members primarily service populations of 10,000 or less, which make up about 94 percent of the public water systems in the United States.
The National Water Resources Association is a nonprofit federation of state organizations whose membership includes rural water districts, municipal water entities, commercial companies and individuals. NWRA focuses on appropriate management, conservation and use of water and land resources on a national scope, and works to balance the needs of people and the environment.