The AWS Standard is a globally-consistent framework that outlines the expectations of responsible water stewardship.
Water users and managers are responsible water stewards, who protect and enhance freshwater resources for people and nature.
Promote responsible use of freshwater that is socially and economically beneficial as well as environmentally sustainable.
Environmentally sustainable water use maintains or improves biodiversity and ecological processes at the watershed level.
Socially beneficial water use recognizes basic human needs and ensures long-term benefits (including economic benefits) for local people and society at large.