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Management Innovation Awards

For over 40 years, the NAWC Management Innovation Awards competition has been recognizing its members for their groundbreaking and industry changing – truly innovative – ideas. Today’s innovation is tomorrow’s industry standard, and our members are moving water forward through their leadership and work at the forefront of the water industry.

This year, the competition will feature two special categories – one for small companies (less than $1 million GWR) and one for innovations that promote sustainability. Sustainability is commonly defined as the ability to maintain or improve standards of living without damaging or depleting natural resources for present and future generations, and was ingrained as a foundation of environmental law with the signing of the 1969 National Environmental Policy Act.

Otherwise, entries may be in the area of safety, security, administration, finance, engineering, operations, human resources, customer/consumer relations, public relations/information, or any related company activity. And entry must demonstrate how it has made a difference for your company and the people that you serve. This year, judges will evaluate entries on whether they are truly innovative.

2018 Management Innovation Awards 
In order to participate in this years awards, please complete the PDF Entry Form directly, save to your computer and send to the attention of Mike Horner at  For any questions, please reach out to Mike at

Click here for the 2017 Management Innovation Awards catalog of entries.

Click here for the 2016 Management Innovation Awards catalog of entries.

Click here for the 2015 Management Innovation Awards catalog of entries.

Click here for the 2014 Management Innovation Awards catalog of entries

Click here for the 2013 Management Innovation Awards catalog of entries

Recent Management Innovation Award winners include:


First Prize-Golden State Water Company
Entry-Collaborative Conservation Campaign


First Prize-Connecticut Water Company
Entry-Customer Protection Program


First Prize-United Water New York
Entry-Use of Recycled Glass as Backfill Material

Grand Prize - Aqua Pennsylvania
Entry - Maximizing Performance in Electricity Load Response Programs

First Prize - California Water Service Company
Entry: Emergency Notification Application

Second Prize - United Water
Entry: HR Shared Services Leadership Innovation Program

Grand Prize - Missouri American Water
Entry: Hammerbodies Wellness and Safety Program

First Prize, Regulated Utilities (two winners)
- Baton Rouge Water Company: Rolling on the River
- Middlesex Water Company: Marsh Engineering Marvel

First Prize, Unregulated Utilities - CH2M HILL
Entry: CH2M HILL's Project Sustainability Pilot Program

Grand Prize - Missouri American Water
Entry: Missouri American Water Community Volunteer Program

First Prize - Regulated Utilities Category - American Water
Entry: We're For Water: American Water's participation in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense® national consumer education program

First Prize - Unregulated Utilities Category - Veolia Water North America
Entry: Water Impact Index: The first-ever methodology for establishing the positive and negative implications of how water resources are managed

First Prize - United Water
Entry: United Water's e-Billing PUSH Project

Second Prize - Arizona American Water
Entry: Reduction in water consumption at their Northwest Valley Regional Water Reclamation Facility

Third Prize - SouthWest Water Company
Entry: Suburban Water (a SWWC subsidiary) and its Suburban Residential Price Signal Index

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