Outstanding Subscriber Award

To honor some of our most influential utility and research partners, we established the following award:

The Outstanding Subscriber Award for Applied Research honors subscribing utilities that have made notable improvements to their treatment, delivery, and/or management processes through the successful application of WRF research.

Submit your Nomination

Nominations are now being accepted for 2022! The deadline to submit nominations is April 8.

2020 Awards

These award recipients embody our commitment to collaboration in advancing the science of water for the betterment of the entire water community and those we serve.

  • Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD)

    Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) provides regional wastewater treatment to 18 cities and counties in southeast Virginia, operating 13 treatment plants with a combined capacity of 249 million gallons per day. HRSD is recognized as a leader in the industry. SWIFT (the Sustainable Water Initiative for Tomorrow) is HRSD's newest water treatment innovation, designed to further protect the region’s environment and enhance the sustainability of the region’s long-term groundwater.


    This is an important award for us. We have been heavily involved in WRF’s research over the years because we value the work that the Foundation is doing. This award acknowledges that we have been an important contributor to research benefiting the water sector.
    Charles Bott
    Director of Water Technology and Research
    Hampton Roads Sanitation District


  • Metro Vancouver

    Metro Vancouver provides water and liquid waste services through its member municipalities for 2.6 million residents in Southwestern British Columbia, Canada. This includes acquiring, treating, and delivering water, as well as collecting and treating wastewater on behalf of its municipalities. Since 2002, Metro Vancouver has put sustainability at the center of its planning and operating philosophy and advanced its role as a leader in the pursuit of a low-carbon future for the region.


    “Having WRF recognize Metro Vancouver is a real honor and it validates that we are going in the right direction. We’re continually striving to improve our operations in the provision of quality drinking water and wastewater services, and we thank the WRF team for this vote of confidence.”
    Paul Kadota
    Program Manager
    Metro Vancouver


Past Award Winners

  • 2019

    San Francisco Public Utilities Commissions

    The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is a department of the City and County of San Francisco. It delivers drinking water to 2.7 million people in the San Francisco Bay area; collects and treats wastewater for the City and County of San Francisco; and generates clean power for municipal buildings, residents, and businesses. SFPUC provides its customers with high quality, efficient and reliable water, power, and sewer services. SFPUC has been a longstanding WRF subscriber, active in both research planning and research project implementation. SFPUC has made significant contributions to innovative research on direct potable reuse, including safety, blending requirements, and building-scale treatment, and real-time performance monitoring.

    Southern Nevada Water Authority

    The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) was formed by seven drinking water and wastewater agencies in order to address water issues on a regional basis. As a wholesale water provider, SNWA is responsible for water treatment and delivery, as well as managing long-term water resources for southern Nevada. SNWA’s research and development team mentors postdoctoral students, placing them into leadership roles at utilities. SNWA also collaborates with other utilities to explore research priorities for drinking water, reuse, and wastewater.

    Tampa Bay Water

    Tampa Bay Water was founded in 1998, creating a new alliance between six governments in west-central Florida: Hillsborough County, Pasco County, Pinellas County, New Port Richey, St. Petersburg, and Tampa. Some of these member governments are actively involved in Foundation research projects and committees on their own, in addition to Tampa Bay Water’s involvement. Tampa Bay Water is a regional wholesale water supplier serving 2.5 million people through a combination of groundwater, surface water, and desalinated seawater. The utility’s commitment to diversifying its water supplies has allowed for environmental recovery, and ensures a reliable supply of clean, safe drinking water for the Tampa Bay region, now and for future generations.

  • 2018
    • Halifax Water
    • Orange County Water District
  • 2017
    • City of Calgary
    • Tarrant Regional Water District
  • 2016
    • Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
    • Milwaukee Water Works
  • 2015
    • Greater Cincinnati Water Works
    • Philadelphia Water Department
  • 2014
    • Louisville Water Company
    • The Tulsa Metropolitan Utility Authority
  • 2013
    • Las Vegas Valley Water District
    • Portland Water Bureau
  • 2012
    • New York City Department of Environmental Protection
    •  American Water