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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.
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
Are not specifications
Are not endorsements
Are voluntarily used
Understanding the
difference is crucial
Standards set minimum requirements for

Standards are tools that can
be used to write
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
Understanding Whats Happening
Regulatory Compliance

How to use the Standards
Identify your options and special
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
6 Sections (General, References,
Definitions, Requirements,
Verification, Delivery)

Standards Group

A100 Ground Water and Wells
B100 Filtration
B200 Softening
B300 Disinfection Chemicals
B400 Coagulation
B500 Scale and Corrosion Control
B600 Taste and Odor Control
B700 Prophylaxis
C100 Ductile Iron Pipe and Fittings
C200 Steel Pipe

Standards Designations
C300 Concrete Pipe
C400 Asbestos-Cement Pipe
C500 Valves and Hydrants
C600 Pipe Installation
C650 Disinfection of Facilities
C700 Meters
C800 Service Lines
C900 Plastic Pipe
D100 Storage
F100 Plant Equipment

Standards Development
Consensus by Standards Committee
Review by Standards Council
Public Review
AWWA Board of Directors Approval
ANSI Approval
American National Standard
AWWA Standards are also adopted as
American National Standards (ANSI).
ANSI requires an open development
ANSI audits standards
Standards Committee Members
Producer Representatives (may only
comprise 1/3 of voting membership)

General Interest Members


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
Current AWWA Standards
52 Committees
132 Standards
13 Manuals of Water Supply Practice
1500 AWWA Volunteers involved
3 AWWA Staff Professional
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
AWWA Standards Department
Ph: 303-794-7711
Fax: 303-795-7603