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By David Iwanski, Executive Director, AZ Water Association

The AZ Water Association vision is “A vibrant Arizona through safe, reliable water.” 

CAP Canal Near Picacho Peak

The Association prides itself on being the premier training and professional development entity to ensure that we continue to have a highly skilled and motivated workforce today and in the future. We identify and encourage individuals to seek leadership roles and positions in our industry. We work with our partners and collaborators to develop strategies, which will result in water sustainability along with construction and maintenance of necessary water and wastewater infrastructure. It is incumbent upon us to educate our elected officials, business leaders, educators and the public as to the vital nature of water certainty.

Not withstanding our nine decades of being in existence, the AZ Water Association is not well known outside the water profession. We are a volunteer driven 501(c)(3) corporation with membership that includes operators, utilities (both public and private), engineering firms, contractors, lab professionals, customer service representatives, equipment manufacturers, consultants, technology firms, regulators, environmental compliance firms, educators and students. We are also Arizona’s affiliate to both the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF).

This week, we celebrate our 2018 Annual Conference and Exhibition. We outgrew our previous venue in Glendale and are enjoying our second year in the South Hall at the Phoenix Convention Center. This year, we expect to exceed 2,300 attendees, including a record number of exhibitors and vendors representing major companies and corporations from throughout the Country. We are also hoping that our Scholarship Golf Tournament will exceed last year’s best-ever donation total of $24,000. Historically, one of our partners and this year’s 2018 Annual Conference Kachina Sponsor has been the Central Arizona Water Conservation District. We so much appreciate their support and participation. 

At the conference, we’ll be discussing important water and wastewater issues in several tracks:

  • Asset Management
  • Community Outreach
  • Conservation
  • Construction
  • Energy
  • Laboratory Practices
  • Pre-Treatment
  • Regulatory Issues
  • Reuse
  • Safety/Security
  • Utility Management
  • Wastewater Collections
  • Water Distribution
  • Water Resources
  • Wastewater Treatment
  • Water Treatment

We’re looking forward to networking with our peers and coming together to talk about what we love best – water! Hope to see you there!

For more information regarding The AZ Water Association, membership, training opportunities, Committee participation, scholarship availability, veterans support and links to AWWA and WEF, please go to, or contact me at

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