Five winners will be announced and recognized at a ceremony during the 2017 One Water Summit in June.
The US Water Alliance has opened nominations for the 2017 US Water Prize. Awarded on an annual basis, the US Water Prize celebrates outstanding achievement in the advancement of sustainable solutions to the country’s water challenges.
Each year, the award is presented to three organizations: one public sector, one private sector, and one community, civic, or research institution. For the first time, the US Water Prize will also be awarded this year to two individuals, a journalist and public official, whose work has made significant contributions to tackling the nation's greatest water challenges.
"The US Water Alliance is honored to present the Water Prize to leaders driving a transformation in how the nation views, values, and manages water. While the water sector faces great and varied challenges, the Water Prize is an inspiring reminder that our ability to innovate is even greater," says Radhika Fox, CEO of the US Water Alliance.
"As a previous winner of the US Water Prize, it is a great honor to be recognized and celebrated by those who share a commitment to a one water future. I am thrilled to be involved in awarding the US Water Prize to the next group of water leaders and innovators," says Kevin Shafer, executive director of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and chairman of the board for the US Water Alliance.
The 2016 winners of the US Water Prize were DC Water for its Walter F. Bailey Bioenergy Facility; Dow for its Minimal Liquid Discharge technology; and Emory University for its WaterHub campus-scale water reclamation project. Read more about past US Water Prize winners here.
Winners of the 2017 US Water Prize will be recognized and announced during the 2017 One Water Summit June 27-29 in New Orleans. Nominations are due March 8 and winners will be chosen by an independent review panel made up of past winners and water industry experts. More information about the nomination process can be found here.
About the US Water Alliance
The US Water Alliance advances policies and programs to secure a sustainable water future for all. Established in 2008, the Alliance is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that educates the nation on the true value of water, accelerates the adoption of one water policies and programs, and celebrates innovation in water management. The Alliance brings together diverse interests to identify and advance common-ground, achievable solutions to the nation's most pressing water challenges. Membership includes water providers, public officials, business leaders, environmental organizations, community leaders, and policy organizations. For more information, visit uswateralliance.org.