The Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) honored 21 public drinking water systems with its top utility management awards on Oct. 12, 2015 in ceremonies at its 2015 Executive Management Conference in Savannah, Ga. Twelve systems received the Sustainable Water Utility Management Award, eight received the Platinum Award for Utility Excellence and one was presented the Gold Award for Exceptional Utility Performance.
The Sustainable Water Utility Management Award recognizes water utilities that have made a commitment to management that achieves a balance of innovative and successful efforts in areas of economic, social and environmental endeavors. The Platinum and Gold Awards recognize outstanding achievement in implementing the nationally recognized Attributes of Effective Utility Management.
The 2015 AMWA Sustainable Water Utility Management Award winners are:
- Austin Water (Texas);
- City of Bellevue Utilities (Washington);
- Water Works Board of the City of Birmingham (Alabama);
- Central Arkansas Water;
- Charlotte Water (North Carolina);
- Chesterfield County Utilities Department (Virginia);
- Contra Costa Water District (California);
- Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (Florida);
- Prince William County Service Authority (Virginia);
- Riverside Public Utilities (California);
- Santa Rosa Water (California); and
- Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (Maryland).
Winners of the 2015 AMWA Platinum Award for Utility Excellence are:
- Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility (Alaska);
- Aurora Water (Colorado);
- Boston Water and Sewer Commission (Massachusetts);
- Denver Water (Colorado);
- East Bay Municipal Utility District (California);
- Las Vegas Valley Water District (Nevada);
- Scottsdale Water (Arizona);
- South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority; and
- AMWA's 2015 Gold Award for Exceptional Utility Performance was presented to Fort Collins Utilities (Colorado).
"AMWA awards recognize the extraordinary performance of water agencies where management vision and employee commitment create a sustainable utility producing ample supplies of clean, safe drinking water," said AMWA president Chuck M. Murray, general manager of Fairfax Water in Virginia. "The communities served by these award winners should be proud of the accomplishments of their forward-thinking, exceptionally well-managed public utilities."
Source: Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies