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Utility of the Future Today Recognition Program


The WateReuse Association partners with the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), and the Water Research Foundation (WRF) in leading this program, with support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Energy (DOE). Since 2016, 183 utilities have received recognition under this innovative program.

The Utility of the Future (UoTF)Today Recognition Program honors forward-thinking, innovative water utilities that are providing resilient value-added service to communities, particularly in community engagement, watershed stewardship, and recovery of resources such as water, energy, and nutrients.


  • Public and private water sector utilities of all sizes that can demonstrate achievement of the application requirements are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants must have had no major violations of their National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements for the previous year from the date of application.

Honorees will be recognized as part of WEFTEC 2021 in Chicago in October 2021, and will receive a Certificate of Recognition, a UotFT Today banner, and/or a 2021 flag.  In addition, honorees will be recognized in WEF’s Environment & Technology magazine, as well as in press releases from partner organizations.  Applicants are not required to attend WEFTEC to receive recognition.

For more information, review the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact UtilityRecognition@wef.org.

Utility of the Future Today Recognition Program


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