The City of Phoenix Water Services Department was honored this week as a ‘Utility of the Future Today’ for the department’s forward-thinking initiatives. Phoenix Water was one of just 25 water utilities in the country to receive recognition.
The Utility of the Future Today recognition celebrates the achievements of forward-thinking, innovative water utilities that are providing resilient value-added service to communities. The recognition focuses specifically on community engagement, watershed stewardship, and recovery of resources such as water, energy, and nutrients.
“Phoenix has emerged as a forward-thinking national leader on water resources, and this distinguished recognition validates just how seriously we take the stewardship of our precious natural resources,” said Mayor Greg Stanton. “Recognition as a Utility of the Future Today means our residents can be confident their City is committed to resiliency, innovation, and working with the community and our neighbors to use – and reuse — water efficiently and sustainably.”
“This prestigious recognition acknowledges that Phoenix is a leader in water resiliency and environmental sustainability,” said Councilwoman Thelda Williams, chairwoman of the Phoenix City Council Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee. “I’m very proud of the innovative work of the Water Services Department, and congratulate them on a job well done.”
The recognition program was launched in 2016 by four water sector organizations—the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) and WateReuse, with input from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
“Our Water Services staff pride themselves on providing quality drinking water, ensuring reliable wastewater services and protecting the environment with innovative programs and initiatives,” said Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher. “This honor gives national validation to their hard work.”
Honorees will be recognized during an awards ceremony at the Water Environment Federation’s Technical Exhibition and Conference this October in Chicago.
For more information on the Utility of the Future Recognition, visit: https://www.wef.org/