Awards & Recognition

The Water Environment Federation proudly promotes opportunities to recognize individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions to the water environment profession and the Federation.

With more than 30 different types of awards and recognitions available, WEF uses different categories to help applicants, winners, and the general public find the right awards.

Each year, the nominations for most awards open in mid-January and close in late March. Nominations for WEF Fellows open in December and close in late February. These recognitions and accolades are presented each year at WEFTEC during the WEF Awards and Presidential Celebration Ceremony.

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Award Categories

Service & Contribution Awards

Recognizing the tenure, dedication, and efforts of individuals throughout the water sector

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Project Awards

Honoring innovation and excellence on specific projects and disciplines within the water sector

See the Project Awards

Education Awards

Recognizing individual and organizational contributions to the pursuit of educational excellence in the water sector

See the Education Awards

Utility Recognition Awards

Honoring utilities that seek to achieve innovative and forward-thinking results to benefit their communities and inspire the water sector

See the Utility Recognition Awards

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From hands-on-training and leadership opportunities, such as Operations Challenge, to online training, such as the Wastewater Treatment Fundamentals series, WEF provides operators with many opportunities to advance on-the-job knowledge and develop their careers.

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Water & Wastewater Treatment

More than 16,000 publicly owned water resource recovery facilities operate in the United States. Skilled engineers and operators work together to ensure new and updated facilities continue to protect public health and the environment.

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Biosolids Resource Recovery

Through biosolids management, solid residue from wastewater treatment is processed to reduce or eliminate pathogens and minimize odors, forming a safe, beneficial agricultural product. Biosolids are carefully monitored and must be used in accordance with regulatory requirements.

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Industrial Water Resources

Industries treat and reuse wastewater and process water as well as provide environmentally sustainable wastewater treatment while reducing costs and maintaining value for their businesses.

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Utility Management

To respond to myriad daily challenges faced by water and wastewater utility leaders, WEF continuously works with its members and partners to develop a variety of management initiatives; resources; and educational, training, and networking opportunities.

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Government & Regulatory Affairs

WEF advocacy activities aim to educate WEF members and the water sector on public policy issues related to water quality and resources and equip them to play a greater role in water policy discussions.

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Collection Systems and Conveyance

The system of underground pipes and maintenance structures that convey wastewater has brought dramatic improvements to public health. Most sewers carry wastes from households and commercial establishments and are referred to as sanitary sewers.

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Stormwater & Watershed Management

Take a comprehensive look at how all water resources, including uplands, drainage basins, wetlands, stormwater, surface water, and groundwater interact.

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Public Health

The water sector and its systems protect public and ecological health. Using the data that can be collected through smart water technologies provides additional insights to address complex public health issues.

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