The Association of Tanzanian Water Suppliers (ATAWAS) is a membership based Association operating in Tanzania mainland, registered under the Societies Ordinance of 1954 and its amendments. ATAWAS, formally, started in October 2002 after registration through Register of Societies (Registration No. 11614) as a Society Organisation. The Association acts as a forum for the Tanzania water supply organizations to exchange experience and best practices with the view to enhancing their management performance in the water and sanitation sector.
Membership comprises of Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Authorities (WSSAs), Community Based Water Supply Organizations (CBWSOs), water and sanitation services vendors, manufacturers of water supply materials, water wells drillers, water engineering, plumbing works, research, training, and individual members with interests in water sector.
The objectives of the Association are to build capacity of water supply and sanitation providers to be able to offer adequate, affordable and sustainable services; to promote networking among stakeholders in the water
and sanitation sectors; and to mobilize resources for the development and management of water resources, water supply and sanitation services.
The main objectives of establishing ATAWAS includes promotion of forums for water suppliers for improvement of water supply and sanitation in Tanzania, coordination and search for knowledge of best practices to share with members for improvement of social economic well being of Tanzanian population, initiate and encourage any action of co-operation and exchange in professional training among members and promote contacts and cordial relationship among individual or corporate bodies involved in water resources, water supplies and sanitation in the country.
The Association plays an important role in providing networking, advocacy and lobbying for conducive policies and legislations, logistics and outreach programs to its members with keen focus on empowering them to effectively deliver their services to their customers and the public in general.
The Vision of the Organization is to be a world
class association promoting best practices in water sector.
The Mission of ATAWAS is to foster knowledge, skills, ethics, innovations and research in the water Industry through collaboration, communication, advocacy and professional developments for people working in the water sector.