The AWS Standard is a globally-consistent framework for major water users to understand their water use and impacts, and to work collaboratively and transparently for sustainable water management within a catchment context.
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.
AWS is registered as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SC045894)