Project Awards

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

Industrial Water Quality Achievement Award

Recognizes significant, lasting, and measurable excellence in water quality improvement or in the prevention of water quality degradation by innovative design and operation of an industrial wastewater, pretreatment, or source prevention program.

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Innovative Technology Award

This award recognizes WEF Exhibitor Members who have introduced new innovative products or services related to our sector.

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Water Quality Improvement Award

Recognizes a program that best demonstrates significant, lasting, and measurable excellence in water quality improvement or the prevention of water quality degradation in a region, basin, or water body.

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WEF Project Excellence Award

This award honors excellence and innovation in the execution of projects and programs in the water sector.        

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Member Association Excellence Awards


This award recognizes outstanding MAs that excel in such areas as membership retention, financial strength, new memberships, scholarship programs, student achievement and support, technology transfers, or awards programs.


This award recognizes a WEF Member Association that demonstrates superior achievement in a performance area program or project.

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The Burke Award

This award recognizes a municipal or industrial wastewater facility for establishing and maintaining an active and effective safety program.

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Connect with our community of water professionals who ensure that our local communities have access to clean water that protects public health. Explore our member benefits and find the membership type that’s right for you.

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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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