A partnership of water sector organizations — the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, the Water Environment Federation, the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation and the WateReuse Association with input from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — proudly announce the recipients of the inaugural Utility of the Future Today Recognition Program. The program celebrates the progress and exceptional performance of wastewater utilities while supporting the widespread adoption of the innovative UOTF business model.

Sixty-one public and private utilities from across the U.S., Canada and Denmark were selected from an impressive number of first-year entries by a peer committee of utility leaders. The recipients will be recognized and honored during a Sept. 27 ceremony that will be held in conjunction with WEFTEC 2016 — WEF’s 89th annual technical exhibition and conference — in New Orleans. The recipients will receive a display flag and a special certificate to further identify and promote their outstanding achievement as a UOTF organization.

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 environmental and community priorities.

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The selection committee chose utilities for recognition based on 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.”

“Many utilities optimize their operations, consistently meet or exceed their regulatory requirements, and engage their employees and communities in meaningful and productive ways,” says WEF Executive Director Eileen O’Neill. “We are excited about this new opportunity to recognize the achievements of small, medium and large forward-thinking utilities that are providing sustainable, efficient and value-added service to their communities.” 

To learn more about the UOTF Recognition Program, visit www.wefnet.org/utilityrecognition.  

The utilities selected are as follows:

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  • Aarhus Vand, Denmark
  • Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority, New Mexico 
  • Alexandria Renew Enterprises, Virginia 
  • Avon Lake Regional Water, Ohio 
  • Baltimore City Department of Public Works, Maryland 
  • Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority, New Jersey 
  • Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department, Florida 
  • City of Fayetteville, Arkansas 
  • Charlotte Water, North Carolina
  • City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa 
  • City of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin 
  • City of Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • City of Gresham, Oregon 
  • City of Los Angeles, LA Sanitation, WESD, One Water, California 
  • City of Roseville, California
  • City of San Diego Public Utilities Department, California
  • City of San Jose - Environmental Services Department, California
  • City of San Luis Obispo Utilities Department, California 
  • City of Tacoma Environmental Services, Washington 
  • City of Tucson/Tucson Water, Arizona 
  • Clayton County Water Authority, Georgia 
  • Clean Water Services, Oregon 
  • Daphne Utilities, Alabama 
  • Department of Water Resources Gwinnett County, Georgia
  • District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water), Washington, D.C.
  • Downers Grove Sanitary District, Illinois 
  • East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD), California
  • Fairfax County Wastewater Management Program, Virginia
  • Fairfield Suisun Sewer District, California
  • Glenbard Wastewater Authority, Illinois 
  • Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District, Wisconsin 
  • Hermitage Municipal Authority, Pennsylvania 
  • HRSD, Virginia
  • Kent County Public Works, Delaware 
  • King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division, Washington
  • Knoxville Utility Board, Tennessee 
  • Littleton/Englewood Wastewater Treatment Plant, Colorado 
  • LOTT Clean Water Alliance, Washington
  • Metro Vancouver BC - Liquid Waste Services, Canada
  • Metro Council Environmental Services St. Paul, Minnesota 
  • Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, Illinois
  • Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, Wisconsin
  • Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency, California 
  • Murfreesboro, TN Water and Sewer Department’s (MWSD), Tennessee
  • Narragansett Bay Commission, Rhode Island 
  • New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), New York 
  • Orange County Sanitation District, California
  • Orange Water and Sewer Authority, North Carolina
  • Pima County RWRD, Arizona
  • Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District, California
  • San Francisco Public Utilities Program, California
  • Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, California
  • Santa Rosa Water, California
  • Scottsdale Water, Arizona 
  • Spartanburg Water, South Carolina 
  • Stevens Point Wastewater Treatment Plant, Wisconsin
  • Trinity River Authority of Texas, Texas 
  • University Area Joint Authority, Pennsylvania 
  • Upper Occoquan Service Authority, Virginia 
  • VCS Denmark
  • Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority (VVWRA), California

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