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|Wednesday, October 05, 2011||12:40|
AWWA launched its new online Conservation Community, the first of several communities of interest (COI), Oct. 3.
AWWA members and parties outside the association can use this platform as a robust interface for networking and exchanging ideas. For each topic, specialized community Web pages will be dedicated to resources such as news, research, forums, products, tools and events.
“AWWA members have been clear in what they want—quick and easy access to AWWA’s wealth of information and an area for them to learn and become professionally active,” said Ken Mercer, AWWA engineer, who is spearheading the project.
While the AWWA website is the primary interface of the communities, several new features in the communities are currently unavailable on the rest of the AWWA site, according to Mercer. “Each community is tailored to highlight the relevant news and activities in a specific topic. So the Conservation Community is where water professionals can gather to share knowledge and find out what the association has done and is currently doing in the area of water conservation.”
AWWA resources will be foremost in the communities, but inclusiveness is the intention. AWWA membership will afford free access to certain resources, established under existing member benefits, for which non-members will have to pay. AWWA councils, divisions, and committees will provide input and guidance, but in a given AWWA community, participation from all stakeholders will be encouraged, with no particular volunteer entity holding sole authority.
Volunteer community leaders will be selected to guide and maintain each COI, with the aim of reflecting the full range of industry activity from practice and policy to local and international research and from within and outside of the AWWA membership and volunteer structure.
A source of intellectual and technical information for more than 125 years, AWWA’s content will now be organized by topic area in an easy and efficient interface to support collaboration, professional and technical development, and community.
“This program has been developed primarily as a benefit for AWWA members,” Mercer continued, “but the communities also further AWWA’s mission of uniting the water community to protect public health and to provide safe and sufficient water for all.”
The success of the project will require motivated and proactive volunteers and community leaders, and opportunities to participate and lead are available; those interested should contact Mercer by email.
“AWWA will be developing more communities around specific topics as this project moves forward,” Mercer said. The next in line to be developed is a community site dedicated to Customer Service.
Contributing Editor Martha Ripley Gray
|Company: American Water Works Association (AWWA)|
|Country: UNITED STATES|