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.

Nominations are no longer being accepted. 

2019 Awardees

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.

  • San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

    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.


    We have been on the cutting-edge of research with the Foundation. It means a lot to our staff to be recognized for the importance of their projects and the value they add to the total knowledge base.
    Michael Carlin
    Deputy General Manager and Chief Operating Officer
    San Francisco Public Utilities Commission


  • 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.


    To be singled out among 1,200 subscribers is quite a privilege.
    Dave Rexing
    Water Quality Research and Development Manager
    Southern Nevada Water Authority


  • 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.


    It is an honor to be recognized for our commitment to water research. Our Board of Directors has maintained a strong commitment to using applied research to make data-driven decisions and provide our member governments and their customers with safe drinking water.
    Ken Herd
    Chief Science and Technical Officer
    Tampa Bay Water


Past Award Winners

  • 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