The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), Water Environment Federation (WEF), Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF), WateReuse, and U.S. Environment Protection (EPA) launched the Utility of the Future (UOTF) Today Recognition Program.
The UOTF, first conceptually introduced in 2013, will celebrate the progress and exceptional performance of the nation's wastewater utilities. The UOTF was originally introduced to to guide utilities of all sizes toward smarter, more efficient operations as well as a progression to full resource recovery with enhanced productivity, sustainability, and resiliency.
In the time since it's original conception, many utilities have successfully implemented new and creative programs that address local wastewater and community challenges. Through such actions as celebrating these advancements and experiences as well as encouraging the adoption of UOTF principles as the "Organizational Culture of the Future," the UOTF Today Recognition Program will build on past success:
“Promoting utilities of the future and the sector-wide adoption of resource recovery remains a top priority for WEF,” said WEF Executive Director Eileen O’Neill. “We are excited about this new opportunity to recognize the achievements of small, medium and large forward-thinking utilities that are providing sustainable, efficient, and value-added service to communities nationwide.”