Since 2016, 194 utilities have been recognized as part of the Utility of the Future Today recognition program. To learn more about UTOF Today honorees, review the honoree compendiums.
We asked UTOF honorees what this recognition means to them – and to their utility. Here’s what they had to say.
"Being recognized validates our organization’s path of continuous improvement that’s informed by best practices and a commonality of experience with other water utilities that are transforming the nation’s water systems.”
Hardeep Anand, P.E., Deputy Director
Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department FL
“We’ve participated in the Utility of the Future Recognition Program since its launch. The Program is one of the ways we measure performance and cultivate a culture of learning within our organization and our industry. Utility of the Future is also a platform for telling our story: To our ratepayers and stakeholders, to our organizational peers and partners, and – perhaps most importantly – to each other”
Diane Taniguchi-Dennis, P.E., BCEE, MBA, Chief Executive Officer, Clean Water Services, OR
“I extend my gratitude to NACWA, WEF, WaterReuse Association, WE&RF & EPA for advancing efforts in water resource recovery through the Utility of the Future Today Recognition program. We were proud to be honored for leading innovative solutions that are enhancing our environment, improving our precious water resource, and contributing to the quality of life for Fayetteville citizens.”
Lionel Jordan, Mayor of Fayetteville AR
“Gwinnett County has been an innovative leader in the water sector for many years. Being recognized two years in a row as a Utility of the Future Today has become a source of pride for our employees, community, and County leadership. And it is a designation that we will continue to seek.”
Tyler Richards, Assistant Director
Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources GA
“Through setting high-performance standards, the Utility of the Future Today partnership helps CWW to continuously compete and improve, thereby building stronger trust from customers and instilling a servant’s heart within our employees in regard to environmental stewardship.”
Steve Davis, President, Columbus Water Works GA
“Recognition as a Utility of the Future Today means Phoenix residents can be confident that their water utility is committed to resiliency, innovation, and working with the community to use – and reuse -- water efficiently and sustainably."
Kathryn Sorensen, Director
City of Phoenix Water Services Department AZ
“We see this recognition as an honor, and vindication of the City’s vision and commitment with multiple private and public partners to create a one water utility that will provide our community with a sustainable water supply for the foreseeable future.”
Tim Snead, City Administrator
City of Quincy WA