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The American Water Works Assosciation (AWWA) was founded in 1881 at Washington University in St. Louis by 22 men representing water utilities in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee. They adopted a constitution that stated the purpose of the association as being "for the exchange of information pertaining to the management of water-works, for the mutual advancement of consumers and water companies, and for the purpose of securing economy and uniformity in the operations of water-works."
The Alaska Water Wastewater Management Association (AWWMA) was formed in 1960, and cooperates with Federal & State Regulatory Agencies, Local Governments, and other Associations and Organizations. AWWMA operates as a non-profit organization and sponsors an annual conference, in addition to regional (Northern, South Central and SouthEast) conferences, schools, discussions, and instructions in subjects related to water and water pollution control.
Alaska Rural Water Association (ARWA) is a non-profit association of small water and wastewater utilities. ARWA is governed by a five member Board of Directors, elected from the utility membership base. ARWA is a member of the National Rural Water Association (NRWA).
The Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA) is the professional Association serving state drinking water programs. Formed in 1984 to address a growing need for state administrators to have national representation, ASDWA has become a respected voice for state primacy agents with Congress, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and other professional organizations.
Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development--Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA): The RCA (AS 42.04, 42.05, 42.06, and other statutes) regulates public utilities by certifying qualified providers of public utility and pipeline services, and ensuring that they provide safe and adequate services and facilities at just and reasonable rates, terms, and conditions. This keeps rates as low as possible while allowing the utility to earn a fair return.
Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development--Rural Utility Business Advisor (RUBA): Through the RUBA Program, management assistance and financial training related to water and wastewater utilities is provided to cities and villages.
The Groundwater Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and motivating people to care for and about groundwater.
National Rural Water Association (NRWA) is a non-profit federation of State Rural Water Associations. The NRWA mission is "to provide our state associations with support services to meet the needs of their membership."
The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds research and education in science and engineering. It does this through grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements to more than 2,000 colleges, universities and other research and/or education institutions in all parts of the United States. The Foundation accounts for about 20 percent of federal support to academic institutions for basic research.
The Water Research Foundation (WRF) is an international non-profit organization that sponsors research and promotes collaboration to advance the science of water. WRF has developed resources including reports, case studies, webinars, reference materials, guidance documents, and web-based "knowledge portals."