Utility of the Future Today honors 47 water, wastewater utilities

Sept. 29, 2023
The collaborative water innovation program has honored 9 first-time water and wastewater utilities and 38 returning honorees, recognizing future-focused programs from each.

The Utility of the Future Today program has recognized 47 water utilities for innovative, future-focused, transformational programs, according to a press release from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA).

The 2023 honorees will be recognized in person at WEFTEC 2023, the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF’s) annual technical conference, on Tuesday, October 3, from 1:00-3:15 p.m. CT, in Chicago, Illinois.

“Of all the challenges faced by our cities and the environment, water is at the top of the list for many communities. Water utilities are the front line in tackling these challenges,” says Todd Swingle, CEO and Executive Director of the Toho Water Authority, which has been honored six times by the program. “The Utility of the Future Today program helps us mark our progress in meeting the changing needs of the communities we serve as we deliver on a sustainable future that prioritizes resilience through a strategy of resource conservation and recovery.”

Launched in 2016 and judged by a panel of experts made up of utility professionals, general managers, and water experts, the Utility of the Future Today program recognizes water utilities that are reimagining community partnership and engagement, watershed stewardship, and recovery of resources such as water, energy, and nutrients.

Utility of the Future Today is a partnership of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Water Research Foundation (WRF), the WateReuse Association, and the U.S. Water Alliance. The program is supported by advisory partners, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

This year’s honorees include 9 utilities that are being recognized for the first time and 38 previous honorees that are being recognized for excellence in new activity areas.

First Time Honorees:

  • City of Santa Monica - Water Reuse
  • Denver Water - Partnering & Engagement
  • Dubai Municipality - Nutrient Reduction & Materials Recovery
  • EPCOR Water Services Inc. Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant - Beneficial Biosolids Use
  • Ontario Clean Water Agency - Partnering & Engagement
  • Palm Beach County Water Utilities - Water Reuse
  • San Jose Water - Watershed Stewardship
  • Toronto Water - Energy Generation & Recovery
  • Town of Jupiter, FL - Partnering & Engagement

Previous Honorees Recognized in a New Area of Activity in 2023:

  • Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority - Energy Generation & Recovery
  • Alexandria Renew Enterprises - Partnering & Engagement
  • Anne Arundel County, Department of Public Works - Bureau of Utility Operations - Energy Generation & Recovery
  • Broward County Water & Wastewater Operation, North Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant - Nutrient Reduction & Materials Recovery
  • Capitol Region Watershed District - Watershed Stewardship
  • City of Boca Raton Utility Services - Beneficial Biosolids Use
  • City of El Dorado, Wetlands and Water Reclamation Facility - Watershed Stewardship
  • City of Fayetteville, Utility Department - Nutrient Reduction & Materials Recovery
  • City of Pompano Beach - Partnering & Engagement
  • City of St. Cloud - Energy Generation & Recovery
  • City of Vancouver (Washington) - Partnering & Engagement
  • Clean Water Services - Energy Generation & Recovery
  • Eastern Municipal Water District - Water Reuse
  • EPCOR - Water Reuse
  • Fairfax County Wastewater Management Program - Energy Efficiency
  • Glenbard Wastewater Authority - Energy Efficiency
  • Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) - Nutrient Reduction & Materials Recovery
  • Holland Board of Public Works Water Reclamation Facility - Nutrient Reduction & Materials Recovery
  • Irvine Ranch Water District - Watershed Stewardship
  • Los Angeles Department of Water and Power - Water Reuse
  • McAllen Public Utility - Partnering & Engagement
  • Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago - Partnering & Engagement
  • Moulton Niguel Water District - Partnering & Engagement
  • Oakland County Water Resources - Watershed Stewardship
  • Orange County Sanitation District - Water Reuse
  • Orange County Water District - Water Reuse
  • Philadelphia Water Department - Watershed Stewardship
  • Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department - Beneficial Biosolids Use
  • San Francisco Public Utilities Commission - Partnering & Engagement
  • Silicon Valley Clean Water - Energy Generation & Recovery
  • South Platte Renew - Energy Efficiency
  • Southern Nevada Water Authority - Partnering & Engagement
  • Toho Water Authority - Energy Efficiency
  • Town of Cary, Utilities - Energy Generation & Recovery
  • Tucson Water - Water Reuse
  • University Area Joint Authority - Water Reuse Western Virginia Water Authority - Energy Generation & Recovery                 

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