Awards and Recognition Programs
The WateReuse Association’s annual Awards for Excellence recognize individuals and projects that have made significant contributions in support of greater adoption of water reuse. Award recipients exhibit leadership in advancing education, advocacy, technology, and/or management of water resources, showcasing innovative approaches that others can follow to build resilient communities through water recycling.
WateReuse solicits nominations for the annual awards in the fall. A panel of industry professional reviews and evaluates the submissions. The awards are presented at the Annual WateReuse Symposium, which occurs in early spring.
Utility of the Future Today Recognition Program
The Utility of the Future Today Recognition Program honors water resource recovery facilities for community engagement, watershed stewardship, and recovery of resources such as water, energy, and nutrients and to celebrate the achievements of forward-thinking, innovative water utilities that are providing resilient value-added service to communities. The recognition program component was launched in 2016 by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the Water Research Foundation (WRF) and the WateReuse Association (WateReuse), with input from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Industrial Water Reuse Champion Award
The WateReuse Association, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Veolia, and University of Pennsylvania Water Center present the Industrial Water Reuse Champions Award. The award recognizes top Fortune 1000 companies that incorporate the best-in-class water recycling and reuse programs to improve water stewardship and achieve their water management goals.
This award program was developed as part of the National Water Reuse Action Plan (WRAP), a multi-stakeholder effort lead by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to advance the science, policy, research, communications and more supporting water reuse and recycling.