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Utility of the Future Today Recognition Program


The Utility of the Future Today (UoTF) Recognition Program honors forward-thinking water resource recovery and recycling facilities. The program seeks to reach deeply into the water sector to form and motivate a community of like-minded water utilities engaged in advancing resource efficiency and recovery, developing proactive relationships with stakeholders, and establishing resilient, sustainable, and livable communities. The Recognition Program, through the aggregation and sharing of utility advancements and experiences, will enable participants across a broad continuum of capacities and capabilities to learn from each other and continually grow and sustain their efforts to be, and continually advance the concept of, the Utility of the Future.

Public and private water sector utilities of all sizes, with no major permit violations in the year prior to the submission date, are encouraged to apply.

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).

Applications Due April 12, 2023

Applications for the 2023 Utility of the Future Today program are due April 12, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Honorees will be notified by May 17, 2023.

2022 Honorees

WateReuse members listed in bold.

Utilities recognized for the first time:

  • City of Farmington Wastewater Treatment Plant – Farmington, UT
  • City of Memphis Stiles Wastewater Treatment Facility – Memphis, TN
  • City of Surprise – Surprise, AZ
  • Kishwaukee Water Reclamation District – DeKalb, IL
  • Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission – Springfield, OR
  • North Hudson Sewerage Authority – Hoboken, NJ
  • Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission – Newark, NJ
  • Philadelphia Water Department – Philadelphia, PA
  • San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District – San Bernardino, CA

Utilities recognized for a second year for a new area of performance:

  • Alexandria Renew Enterprises (AlexRenew) – Alexandria, VA
  • Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department – Tucson, AZ
  • City of Westminster Water Reclamation Facility – Reisterstown, MD
  • Central Contra Costa Sanitary District (Central San) – Martinez, CA
  • Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) – Pittsburgh, PA
  • City of Zeeland Clean Water Plant – Zeeland, MI
  • Town of Cary Utilities – Cary, NC

Utilities recognized for a third year in a new area of performance:

  • Miami-Dade County Water & Sewer Department – Miami, FL
  • King County, Wastewater Treatment Division – Seattle, WA
  • Knoxville Utilities Board – Knoxville, TN
  • LOTT Clean Water Alliance – Olympia, WA
  • Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District – Sacramento, CA
  • Trinity River Authority of Texas – Arlington, TX
  • City of Pompano Beach Utilities Department – Pompano Beach, FL
  • Eastern Municipal Water District – Perris, CA
  • Holland Board of Public Works (Holland Area Water Reclamation Facility) – Holland, MI

Utilities recognized for a fourth year in a new area of performance:

  • City of Grand Rapids – Grand Rapids, MI
  • Gwinnett County Water Resources – Lawrenceville, GA
  • Broward County Water and Wastewater Operations – North Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant – Pompano Beach, FL

Utilities recognized for a fifth year in a new area of performance:

  • DC Water – Washington, DC
  • Charlotte Water – Charlotte, NC
  • City of St. Cloud – St. Cloud, MN
  • Toho Water – Kissimmee, FL

Utilities recognized for a sixth year in a new area of performance:

  • City of Tucson Water Department – Tucson, AZ
  • Clean Water Services – Hillsboro, OR

Past Honorees

Utility of the Future Today Recognition Program

To learn more about WateReuse Association awards programs, click here.

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