As nonprofit organizations, AWWA and AWWA Sections are required to create and maintain bylaws. Bylaws are a legal document that give an organization’s board authority, define the limits and scope of work for the organization, and document key governance concepts.

In order to help Sections create bylaws that are effective, efficient, and comply with state/federal requirements and AWWA guidelines, we have created a Standard Bylaws Template and an Updating Section Bylaws How-To Guide. As your Section works with your Section Relationship Manager to update bylaws, these documents will be your go-to source of information.


Bylaws Update Guide

When updating your Section’s bylaws, this is the place to start. In the guide, you’ll find details about the update process, background information about AWWA’s role in Section bylaws, FAQs, and information about using the Section Bylaws Template. 

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Member Vote Memo Template

Once your Section's members have voted on the bylaws, use this memo template to notify AWWA of the results. 

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Standard Bylaws Template

This word document is a standard template for Section bylaws. It outlines the required language that all AWWA Sections must incorporate in their own bylaws.

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Does your Section want to begin the bylaws update process? Contact your Section Relationship Manager

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