Submit Your Application for the 2020 Utility of the Future Today Recognition Program.
The Utility of the Future Today (UotFT) Recognition Program honors forward-thinking, innovative water utilities that are providing resilient value-added service to communities, particularly in community engagement, watershed stewardship, and recovery of resources such as water, energy, and nutrients.
Now in its fifth year, the Utility of the Future Today Recognition 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, enables 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.
The Utility of the Future Today Recognition Program is a joint initiative led by the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Water Research Foundation (WRF) and the WateReuse Association, and is supported by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Wastewater Management. Since 2016, 118 utilities have received recognition under this innovative program. A list of these organizations and more information is available below.
How to Apply
To apply, download the 2020 Utility of the Future Today application form. Completed forms can be submitted via the Water Environment Federation’s Open Water Platform.
Note: New users will need to Create a New Account to access the secure submission portal.
The application deadline is Friday, May 29, 2020.
The Utility of the Future Today activity areas focus on the key building blocks of this transformation:
- recovery and new uses of a full range of resources;
- engagement as a leader in the full water cycle and broader social, economic, and environmental sustainability of the community;
- transformation of the internal utility culture in support of these innovations; and
- engagement in the community and formation of partnerships necessary for success when operating outside of the traditional span of control of the utility.
Honorees will be recognized during the Utility Leaders Morning event at WEFTEC 2020 in New Orleans, La. Utilities receiving UotFT recognition also will be recognized in Water Environment & Technology magazine and will receive a certificate and Utility of the Future Today flag to proudly hang/fly. Applicants are not required to attend WEFTEC to receive recognition.