WEFTEC Report: 25 Organizations Earn Utility of the Future Today Recognition at WEFTEC

They were celebrated for forward thinking, innovation and providing resilient value-added service to their communities

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Twenty-five water utilities selected for leadership in community engagement, watershed stewardship and resource recovery received Utility of the Future Today recognition at the WEFTEC conference. They were celebrated for forward thinking, innovation and providing resilient value-added service to their communities.

The Utility of the Future framework provides a model for utilities of all sizes to achieve greater efficiency, productivity and long-term sustainability. The Utility of the Future Today recognition was launched in 2016 by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, the Water Environment Federation, the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation and WateReuse, with input from the U.S. EPA.

The 25 utilities recognized in 2017 were cited for recovering resources from wastewater, engaging in their communities, forming unique partnerships and building internal cultures of innovation.

“The innovations occurring within the water sector present an opportunity for a paradigm shift in the way utilities think about and solve long-standing challenges,” says Dr. Eileen O’Neill, WEF executive director. Utilities recognized for the first time are:

  • Atlantic County Utilities Authority, New Jersey
  • Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority, South Carolina
  • Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer, North Carolina
  • Chesterfield County Department of Utilities, Virginia
  • City of Cape Coral, Florida
  • Little Rock Water Reclamation Authority, Arkansas
  • City of Phoenix, Arizona
  • City of Quincy, Washington
  • City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department, North Carolina
  • City of St. Cloud, Minnesota
  • Columbus Water Works, Georgia
  • Greenville Renewable Water Resources, South Carolina
  • Greenwood Metropolitan District, South Carolina
  • Hanover Sewerage Authority, New Jersey
  • Lancaster Area Sewer Authority, Pennsylvania
  • Loudon Water, Virginia
  • Lowell Regional Utility, Massachusetts
  • West County Wastewater District, California

Recognized for a second year but for a new area of performance are:

  • City of Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • DC Water, District of Columbia
  • Gwinnett County, Georgia
  • King County, Washington
  • Miami-Dade Water & Sewer, Florida
  • San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, California

To learn more, visit www.wef.org/utilityofthefuture.


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