Utility of the Future Today Frequently Asked Questions 

Q: Who is eligible to apply for the recognition program?

A:  Public and private water sector utilities of all sizes that can demonstrate achievement of the application requirements are encouraged to apply.  Applicants must have had no major violations of their National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements for the previous year from the date of application. 

Q: How do I apply? 

A:  The application process for the UotFT 2021 will start in January 2021. Details regarding the application process and schedule will be availble then and will be posted on UotFT webpage.   Completed applications will be submitted via the Water Environment Federation’s Open Water Platform (a link will be provided).  Applications will be reviewed by a panel of judges comprised of peer utility general managers and executives.  

Q: Is there a cost to apply for recognition? 

A: The Recognition Program is free of cost to participants.

Q: When are the 2021 applications due?

A:  The schedule for the UotFT 2021 program will be established in January 2021 and will be published here and on the main UotFT webpage. 

Q: What if I have questions about eligibility or the application?

A:  Please contact [email protected].


Q:  What format is required? 

A: The application format for 2021 will be established as part of the overall planning process in January 2021, and will be provided here and on the main UotFT webpage.

Q: Can I include attachments with my application? 

A:  Attachments, including graphics, charts, or additional materials will be accepted as part of an application package.  A photograph is requested in the online portion of the application.

Q: When will applicants be informed if we’re selected?

A:  The schedule for all deadlines for the UotFT 2021 program will be established in January 2021 and will be posted here and on the UotFT main webpage.  

Q: What recognition will successful applicants receive? 

A: Honorees for 2021 will be recognized at WEFTEC 2021, either in person, or virtually, and they will receive a Certificate of Recognition, and/or a UotFT banner or 2021 flag.