Being an AWBD member grants you access to valuable tools, virtual training, and publications to advance your career and knowledge within the water industry.


AWBD Ambassadors welcome and guide new member representatives into the organization. Ambassadors are assigned mentee(s) and tasked with developing them into qualified directors.

Water Smart

Water Smart is a public awareness campaign for water conservation sponsored by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Texas Water Development Board. Its message is simple: every citizen, no matter what age or where they live, has a personal responsibility to use water wisely.

Emerging Leaders

AWBD Emerging Leaders Initiative focuses and develops our current and next-generation leaders of Water Board Directors and Consultants. These leaders will have the opportunity to be exposed to professional and leadership development, community service, advocacy, social and professional networking.


AWBD offers a variety of recognition awards honoring our deserving membership: The Visions Award, the Leonard Legacy Award, and the Project Awards.

The Visions Award began in 1992 to award those who have made significant contributions to AWBD, to its members directly, and to the entire Texas water/wastewater community.

The Leonard Legacy Award honors former AWBD Executive Director Merry Leonard and all the water district directors who champion districts’ efforts that make their parts of the world better.

The Project Award seeks to recognize the best facilities, programs, and infrastructure from districts—large and small! Districts who have completed noteworthy projects and programs are encouraged to apply.