By Blake Hemmel
Scottsdale Water earned recognition for its sustainable practices earlier this month. The organization will be honored by the Utility of the Future (UOTF) Today Recognition Program in September.
What is the Utility of the Future (UOTF) Today Recognition Program?
UOTF is a global partnership of water sector organizations, which includes the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, the Water Environment Federation, the Water Environment and Reuse Foundation, and the WateReuse Association.
UOTF recognizes water and wastewater utilities that demonstrate exceptional performance and sustainable practice that will help utilities across the sector. Scottsdale Water was recognized specifically for its increased efficiency and progress in working towards full resource recovery. This has not only increased their productivity, but has also enhanced the overall sustainability of the utility. Additionally, Scottsdale was recognized for having achieved exceptional performance in water reuse, energy efficiency and community engagement.
“It is a privilege to be among the inaugural class of utilities recognized for outstanding achievement as Utility of the Future Today organizations,” said Brian K. Biesemeyer, Scottsdale Water director and acting city manager, in an official press release.
In announcing the Utility of the Future Today recipients, WEF Executive Director Eileen O’Neill stated: “Many utilities optimize their operations, consistently meet or exceed their regulatory requirements, and engage their employees and communities in meaningful and productive ways. We are excited about this new opportunity to recognize the achievements of small, medium and large forward-thinking utilities that are providing sustainable, efficient and value-added service to their communities.”
The ceremony will take place at WEFTEC 2016 – the Water Environment Foundation’s 89th annual technical exhibition and conference – in New Orleans in September. Other utilities from the U.S., Canada and Denmark will also be recognized.