WEF Utility of the Future Today Program
The Utility of the Future Today recognition program seeks to honor water resource recovery facilities for community engagement, watershed stewardship, and recovery of resources such as water, energy, and nutrients.
Since the Utility of the Future concept was introduced in 2013, many utilities have successfully implemented new and creative programs to address local wastewater technical and community challenges. The recognition program was launched in 2016 by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), The Water Research Foundation (WRF), and the WateReuse Association —with input from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
· recovery and new uses of a range of resources;
· engagement as a leader in the full water cycle and broader social, economic, and environmental sustainability of the community;
· engagement in the community and formation of partnerships necessary for success when operating outside of the traditional span of the utility;
· transformation of the internal utility culture in support of these innovations.
Public and private water sector utilities of all sizes that can demonstrate achievement of the application requirements are encouraged to apply by May 14 at 5 p.m. EDT. Applicants must have no major permit violations in the year prior to the submission date of their applications.
Honorees will be notified during the summer and formally recognized during an awards ceremony at WEFTEC 2021 this October in Chicago.