U.S. Water Alliance Announces 2016 U.S. Water Prize Winners

April 14, 2016
DC Water, Dow and Emory University named winners

The U.S. Water Alliance announced that three organizations have been named as winners of the 2016 US Water Prize:  DC Water, for its Walter F. Bailey Bioenergy Facility; Dow, for its Minimal Liquid Discharge technology; and Emory University, for its WaterHub campus-scale water reclamation project.

Radhika Fox, CEO of U.S. Water Alliance, said, "While the challenges facing the water sector are great, our capacity of innovation and positive solutions is greater. That's why the U.S. Water Alliance created the U.S. Water Prize, the first of its kind recognition program that celebrates outstanding achievement in driving towards a sustainable water future. We congratulate our 2016 U.S. Water Prize winners. They are true visionaries in the one water movement."

Jim Clark, senior vice president at Black & Veatch and chair of the U.S. Water Alliance's recognition committee, which selects the U.S. Water Prize winners, said, "Congratulations to all of our winners—this is a truly remarkable group of one water leaders. DC Water is utilizing novel technologies to change biosolids into energy, Dow is creating breakthrough technology to reuse water and Emory is showing us what is possible when major anchor institutions like universities invest in water reuse. Our three 2016 winners are nothing short of incredible."      

DC Water 

Walter F. Bailey Bioenergy Facility

"DC Water is honored to be recognized by the US Water Alliance's 2016 US Water Prize for the Walter F. Bailey Bioenergy Facility. The project is a crowning achievement for DC Water and exemplifies a shift from treating used water as waste to leveraging it as a resource. This innovative facility is one water at work—generating renewable power, producing exceptional quality biosolids, reducing our carbon footprint, increasing plant efficiency and ultimately saving ratepayer dollars.  This is an award dedicated to extraordinary people—the members of our team who transformed innovative ideas into reality, and a Board of Directors that after years of careful oversight and review, had the courage to make an extraordinary investment in the future." -George Hawkins, general manager and CEO of DC Water


Minimal Liquid Discharge

"Winning the U.S. Water Prize is a true honor. Dow has a company-wide commitment to the circular economy model—one that emphasizes the need to reduce, reuse and reclaim our limited water resources. Dow, together with our partners and collaborators, are proud to be recognized by the U.S. Water Alliance for bringing our collaborative spirit, innovations, and practical technologies to help address the global water challenge."

-Snehal Desai, global business director of Dow Water & Process Solutions

Emory University

WaterHub: Campus-scale water reclamation system

"We are gratified for this recognition from the U.S. Water Alliance for the WaterHub at Emory. Through this project, we've shown how universities can play an important role in advancing sustainability nationwide. Not only has the WaterHub had tremendous impact on how we think about water and how it is utilized on campus, it has also become a national model for those seeking innovative technology to address the global need for water conservation and sustainable solutions."  -Matthew Early, vice president for Emory University Campus Services

Source: U.S. Water Alliance