Who We Are

For 50 years, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) has been the nation’s recognized leader in legislative, regulatory and legal advocacy on the full spectrum of clean water issues, as well as a top technical resource for water management, sustainability and ecosystem protection interests.

NACWA represents public wastewater and stormwater agencies of all sizes nationwide. The Association's unique and growing network strengthens the advocacy voice for all member utilities, and ensures they have the tools necessary to provide affordable and sustainable clean water for all.

Our vision is to represent every utility as a NACWA member, helping build a strong and sustainable clean water future.

What We Offer

Eastern Municipal Water District’s Innovative and Fun Approach to Clean Water Education

Nov 16, 2023

Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) has found a fun and innovative way to educate children and adults about the importance of being sewer smart.

In 2019, EMWD introduced Patrick the Poo, an animated character who has become a viral video sensation, as a way to engage the public and spread the word about the importance of maintaining a healthy sewer system to help protect the environment, water quality, and recycled water quality. Patrick has since become a valuable piece of EMWD’s larger Healthy Sewers marketing campaign, which is designed to educate the public about the impacts of flushing medications, sanitary wipes, and fats, oils and grease, down the drain. Patrick encourages people to only flush the Three P’s: Pee, Poop and Toilet Paper.

“When we developed Patrick, we wanted to think outside of the box and educate people about their sewer system in a fun and unique way,” EMWD Board President Phil Paule said. “Since his introduction, Patrick has become our most popular EMWD representative as he shares his love of the sewer system and how to protect it.”

Patrick is a charismatic leading man who has jumped in swimming pools, taken theme park visitors down the sewer system in a boat, and who occasionally loses his eyeball made of corn when he becomes too excited.

Patrick The Poo

EMWD is planning a Purified Water Replenishment (PWR) program that will utilize advanced treatment for recycled water so it may be used for groundwater replenishment. Patrick is committed to helping keep EMWD’s wastewater system healthy so that it may produce high-quality recycled water for use in the PWR program. By doing so, he’s helping to promote a long-term clean and safe drinking water supply.

You can view EMWD’s YouTube Channel for all of Patrick’s videos, and follow along on EMWD’s social media platforms to enjoy Patrick’s latest lessons on being sewer smart!

NACWA awarded EMWD a 2023 National Environmental Achievement Award in the Public Information & Education: Video Category for its creative and effective educational platform. Congratulations to everyone involved!

Board Of Directors

NACWA's Board of Directors embodies the clean water sector's most accomplished leadership, informed by decades of collective experience and expertise in water utility operation and management. The Board leads NACWA's governance, allowing it to serve its members with focus and integrity. 

Staff Directory

The Association is its people. And NACWA's dedicated staff defines the organization's commitment to passionate advocacy, forward thinking leadership and ethical service to members and the clean water community as a whole. They're dedicated and energetic. They're also a lot of fun. Give us a ring...

Member Agencies & Affiliates

The strength of NACWA is its member agencies and affiliates, from publicly-owned wastewater treatment agencies to corporate affiliates from throughout the clean water management chain.  Our unique and growing network strengthens the advocacy voice for all members, ensuring they have the tools and expertise necessary to help shape the clean water landscape both locally and nationally.


NACWA’s committee structure invites Association members to work collectively to shape national clean water policy. NACWA’s committees not only help develop the Association's positions on policy and legislation, they help build and foster NACWA's peer-to-peer networking strength, while achieving key initiatives that benefit all members.


Each year, NACWA recognizes the outstanding commitment, innovation and achievements of individuals and agencies through our national awards programs. From contributions to environmental protection, to diligence in compliance, to even intangible positive impact. NACWA is honored to highlight service excellence within the clean water sector.


Engage and collaborate with member utilities of all sizes—small, medium and large—with affiliates/stakeholders from all regions of the country. Membership is not only a path to improving operations or enhancing professional development, it’s a unique opportunity to join the strongest unified voice for shared clean water interests nationwide.

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