The Association of Water Technologies (AWT) is a non-profit trade organization representing hundreds of regional water treatment companies throughout the United States and internationally. These full-service companies specialize in the application of chemical water treatments for industrial and commercial cooling and heating systems.
The Association of Water Technologies: History, Mission and Preamble
The Association was founded in 1985 by a small group of entrepreneurs who were concerned about the rising cost of product liability insurance for their industry. AWT was formed as a means for distinguishing the water treatment industry, which was necessary in order to provide a basis for an industry-wide insurance program. Over the past 15 years the Association has grown in both size and scope, currently representing nearly 500 companies.
The main membership category, AWT Full Members, are small- and medium-sized, independent water treatment companies specializing in chemical products with application in industrial boiler and cooling systems. AWT represents over 400 of these regional water treatment companies not only throughout the United States, but also in Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Argentina, and the Philippines.
In addition, AWT represents over 100 consultants, distributors and manufacturers providing a wide array of water treatment services, chemicals and equipment. These suppliers support independent water treatment companies and their clients through research and development, special applications, regulatory compliance, and other areas.
Since 1995, AWT has provided testing and background requirement checks toward achievement of CWT (Certified Water Technologist) designation. CWT is the first independent certification of its kind in the industrial and commercial water treatment field and requires extensive knowledge of and experience in all aspects of water treatment. The program continues today, with over 116 individuals having earned the certification and over 297 engaging in the process.
The Association of Water Technologies is dedicated to serving its member firms by providing business and professional education, and resource support. These services include training, certification, networking, regulatory and public awareness programs which advance knowledge, preserve natural resources, and promote the growth and development of the association`s member firms.
The Association of Water Technologies is an international non-profit association comprised of independent firms engaged in the management and treatment of water in its many uses in industry and commerce. The Association endeavors to improve the efficient, effective and environmentally appropriate use of water, particularly in the traditional areas of heat transfer (heating, cooling, power generation), mass transfer (process), and treatment for recycle (waste) and potable applications. As new uses and technologies develop, AWT will strive to be progressive in their implementation.