Application Period Open for New Wastewater Utility Recognition Program

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A partnership of water sector organizations including the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, the Water Environment Federation, the Water Environment Research Foundation and WateReuse — with support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — have announced a new Utility of the Future (UOTF) Today Recognition Program. The program will celebrate the progress and exceptional performance of the nation’s wastewater utilities while supporting the widespread adoption of the innovative UOTF business model.

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 this 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.

“Promoting utilities of the future and the sectorwide adoption of resource recovery remains a top priority for WEF,” 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 communities nationwide.”

Public and private wastewater utilities of all sizes are encouraged to apply by 5 p.m. EDT, June 17, 2016. Applicants must have no major permit violations in the past year before the submission date of their applications. Winners will be notified by July 29 and announced/officially recognized during an awards ceremony at WEFTEC 2016 — WEF’s 89th annual technical exhibition and conference – this September in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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About WEF
The Water Environment Federation is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization of 33,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water-quality professionals around the world. Since 1928, WEF and its members have protected public health and the environment. As a global water sector leader, our mission is to connect water professionals; enrich the expertise of water professionals; increase the awareness of the impact and value of water; and provide a platform for water sector innovation. To learn more, visit

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies is the leading advocate for responsible national policies that advance clean water.  NACWA represents the collective interests of America's clean water utilities nationwide — and their clear commitment to America’s waters. For more than 40 years, NACWA has been the clean water community’s voice in Congress, at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies, as well as in the media and in the courts. To learn more about NACWA visit us at

About WERF
The Water Environment Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization formed in 1989, is America’s leading independent scientific research organization dedicated to wastewater and stormwater issues. To learn more, visit

About WateReuse
WateReuse is an international thought-leader on alternative water supply development and the global go-to source for applied research, education and advocacy on water reuse. Representing a coalition that includes utilities, government agencies and industry; WateReuse works to educate policymakers and the public on the science, economic value and environmental benefits of treating water to safely use it for designated purposes, such as irrigation, manufacturing and drinking. To learn more, visit


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