Water Utility of the Future Today Program Recognizes 25 Water Utilities

Utility of the Future Today FeaturedThe Utility of the Future Today program recognizes 25 water utilities for their leadership, community engagement, watershed stewardship, and resource recovery during 2017. The recognition celebrates the achievements of forward-thinking, innovative utilities that provide resilient, value-added service to their communities.

Utility of the Future Today was launched in 2016 by the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.), National Association of Clean Water Agencies (Washington, D.C.), Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (Alexandria, Va.), and WateReuse (Alexandria, Va.), with input from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The program’s framework provides a model for utilities of all sizes to achieve more efficient operations, enhanced productivity, and long-term sustainability.

“The innovations occurring within the water sector collectively present an opportunity for a paradigm shift in the way utilities think about and solve long-standing challenges,” said Eileen O’Neill, WEF’s executive director. “WEF is excited to recognize these utilities that are already embracing innovative ways to better serve their communities.”

The following utilities are being recognized for the first time:

  • Atlantic County Utilities Authority (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.),
  • Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority (Okatie, S.C.),
  • Brunswick (N.C.) Regional Water and Sewer,
  • Chesterfield (Va.) County Department of Utilities,
  • City of Cape Coral (Fla.),
  • Little Rock (Ark.) Water Reclamation Authority,
  • City of Phoenix (Ariz.),
  • City of Quincy (Wash.),
  • City of Raleigh (N.C.) Public Utilities Department,
  • City of St. Cloud (Minn.),
  • Columbus (Ga.) Water Works,
  • Greenville (S.C.) Renewable Water Resources,
  • Greenwood (S.C.) Metropolitan District,
  • Hanover Sewerage Authority (Whippany, N.J.),
  • Lancaster (Pa.) Area Sewer Authority,
  • Loudoun Water (Ashburn, Va.),
  • Lowell (Mass.) Regional Utility, and
  • West County Wastewater District (Richmond, Calif.).

These utilities are being recognized for a second year in a new area of performance:

  • City of Fayetteville (Ark.),
  • DC Water (Washington, D.C.),
  • Gwinnett County (Lawrenceville, Ga.),
  • King County (Seattle),
  • Miami-Dade (Fla.) Water & Sewer,
  • San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, and
  • Tucson (Ariz.) Water.

Honorees will be recognized during an awards ceremony at WEFTEC® 2017. For more information, send an email to UtilityRecognition@wef.org.

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