The mission of the Canadian Association on Water Quality (CAWQ) is to create and foster a nationwide network of professionals dedicated to the development and communication of knowledge to preserve and enhance the water quality environment.

The Canadian Association on Water Quality is a non-governmental, non-profit organization for scientists, engineers, technologists, administrators, practitioners and students engaged in or interested in research on water quality or on the control or treatment of water pollution.

The objectives of the CAWQ are to:

  • promote research on the scientific, technological, legal, economic, and policy aspects of water quality and of the control and treatment of water pollution,
  • further the exchange of information and practical application of such research for the public benefit, and
  • promote the goals and objectives of the International Water Association (IWA) in Canada

The CAWQ welcomes membership applications from all persons in industry, academia, governmental and non-governmental organizations, public service, community groups, professional societies, and the general public, including private firms, who have an interest in water issues. Learn about the types of membership available.

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Any organization or individual may elect to become a sustaining member of CAWQ. Benefits of sustaining member status include posting the organization’s logo and listing it as a sustaining member on the CAWQ website and in the Water Quality Research Journal (WQRJ) and their logo will be displayed at CAWQ conferences. Sustaining members receive WQRJ (4 issues per year) and are guaranteed an opportunity to exhibit at the CAWQ’s annual Central Symposium