The Pacific Northwest Section of the American Water Works Association was founded in 1927 and provides leadership to drinking water professionals in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington in the areas of:

  • Water quality and distribution
  • Water resource policy
  • Conservation
  • Engineering

PNWS is governed by its nearly 3,000 members and its programs are carried out by hundreds of member volunteers, assisted by staff located in Vancouver, Washington. On this website you can learn more about the organization, its history, and guiding policies.


  • Be the Pacific Northwest’s trusted resource for water professionals


  • Advance a diverse and inclusive network of professionals to provide opportunities and leadership to the water industry in the Pacific Northwest

PNWS is one of 43 sections in North America that comprise AWWA, a highly respected, research driven water authority since 1881.

Get Involved

We love volunteers!  To find out how you can get involved with our great Section and AWWA go to our Get Involved page.

There are many ways to get involved with the section and we invite you to join AWWA today!