AWS Standard Review and Revision

AWS Standard Review and Revision 2018

Version 1.0 of the AWS Standard was launched in 2014 and since then, the water stewardship community has gained many useful insights into the use and implementation of the AWS Standard. As part of our commitment to continual improvement, we are undergoing a standard review and revision process that will lead to the launch of AWS Standard Version 2.0.

The review and revision process is being led by the AWS Technical Committee, a multi-stakeholder body comprised of representatives from AWS Members. The Committee will provide recommendations on the new iteration of the AWS Standard for approval by AWS Members at the 2018 AWS AGM, which will take place in Edinburgh on the 1st November 2018. There will then be a transition period as we move towards implementation of the new Standard, with a phased approach to the roll out. More information on the transition period from AWS Standard v1.0 to v2.0 is available here.

Consultation Extended to 14th October 2018 on AWS Standard Version 2.0 Draft 2-0

The AWS Technical Committee is pleased to present Draft 2-0 of the revised AWS Standard Version. This draft incorporates feedback received during the previous consultation period on Draft 1-0 of the revised AWS Standard as well as several changes to make the Standard both more user friendly and more effective in driving change.

This round of consultation will focus on identifying any sustained opposition to substantial issues in this revised draft of the AWS Standard. These are issues that, if not resolved, would mean that members may consider voting against adopting the revised AWS Standard at the AWS AGM on 1st November.

The revised AWS Standard Version 2-0 is available here

In addition, guidance material has been drafted to support the consultation on the revised Standard:

Guidance on Revised Step 1

Guidance on Revised Step 2

Guidance on Revised Step 3

Guidance on Revised Step 4

Guidance on Revised Step 5

Guidance on Catchments

Guidance on Stakeholder Engagement

Guidance on Water-related High Conservation Values

Responses to the last consultation feedback can be viewed here.

An online survey is available for our stakeholders to respond to the consultation. Please click here  to respond.


It is important that your feedback on the draft should be informed by the experience of those who have worked through the process to create it. We ask that those considering submitting feedback join us on one of the following learning sessions.

Webinars are 2-hour sessions with informative presentations on the process, Themes and how to give your feedback on the proposals for improvements to the AWS Standard. Comments from the sessions will be fed back to the Technical Committee.

Tuesday 11th September
09:00 – 11:00 Pacific Daylight Time
12:00 – 14:00 Eastern Standard Time

16:00-18:00 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)

To register complete the Registration Form

Europe & Africa
Wednesday 12th September

15:00 – 17:00 British Summer Time
16:00 – 18:00 Central European Summer time

15:00-17:00 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)

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Asia Pacific
Thursday 20th September
12:00 – 13:30 China Standard Time (Beijing)

14:00-15:30 Australia Eastern Standard Time (Melbourne)

16:00-17:30 New Zealand Standard Time (Aukland)

04:00-05:30 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)

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Revision process to-date

To-date, the review and revision process has comprised of a series of activities:

  • An initial public survey on v.1.0 of the Standard was used to gain a first round of feedback from those who have engaged with and implemented the AWS Standard since 2014.
  • The AWS Technical Committee met in March 2018 to consider the feedback received in this initial survey and also to build on insight and feedback provided over the course of 2017 from AWS members, partners and stakeholders globally.
  • 12 major themes emerged from the information provided. The Technical Committee used this information to draft the AWS Standard v.2.0 Draft 1.1. This version of the Standard was circulated for a 6 week consultation which concluded on the 17th June 2018. During this consultation period, a number of workshops and webinars were held to gain further insight from those wishing to submit a consultation response. The workshops took place in Australia and India, and the webinars took place in early June.
  • The Technical Committee met in June 2018 to review the information provided in this second round of consultation. There are two documents summarising the feedback received and the proposed actions from the Technical Committee: this document lists the comments and responses by theme, and this document lists the comments and responses by criteria.
  • AWS is currently developing AWS Standard v.2.0 Draft 1.2 which will be circulated for a 30 day consultation period on the 1st September 2018.
  • Following this final round of consultation, AWS will develop the AWS Standard v.2.0 for approval at the AWS AGM in Edinburgh on the 1st November 2018.

The new version of the Standard will be available for use from the 1st January 2019. There will be a one-year transition period ending in October 2019. More information is available here.

If you would like to know more about the review and revision process, please get in touch.