Wastewater Utilities Encouraged to Apply for Recognition Program

Utility of the Future Today program celebrates the progress and exceptional performance of our nation’s wastewater utilities

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A partnership of water sector organizations announced a new Utility of the Future Today Recognition Program. The program will celebrate the progress and exceptional performance of our nation’s wastewater utilities while supporting the widespread adoption of the innovative UOTF business model.

The program was created by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, Water Environment Federation, Water Environment Research Foundation and WateReuse with support from the EPA. Application deadline is June 17, 2016.

The UOTF concept was first introduced in 2013 to guide utilities of all sizes toward smarter, more efficient operations and a progression to full resource recovery with enhanced productivity, sustainability and resiliency. Since then, many utilities have successfully implemented new and creative programs to address local wastewater technical and community challenges.

The UOTF Today Recognition Program will build on previous success by celebrating these advancements and experiences; encouraging the adoption of UOTF principles (water reuse, watershed stewardship, beneficial biosolids reuse, community partnering and engagement, energy efficiency, energy generation and recovery, and nutrient and materials recovery) as the “Organizational Culture of the Future”; and enabling participants across a broad range of capacities and capabilities to collaborate, learn and continue to evolve as a unified sector.

“WateReuse member utilities are often among the first to adopt innovative strategies to develop sustainable, climate-independent strategies for water,” says WateReuse Executive Director Melissa Meeker. “We are excited to be part of this joint effort to recognize the efforts of forward thinking communities of all sizes.”

Public and private wastewater utilities of all sizes are encouraged to apply by June 17. Applicants must have no major permit violations in the past year prior to the submission date of their applications. Winners will be notified by July 29 and officially recognized during an awards ceremony at WEFTEC 2016 — WEF’s 89th annual technical exhibition and conference — this September in New Orleans.

To learn more, visit www.wefnet.org/utilityrecognition or contact UtilityRecognition@wef.org.


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