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Management Innovation Awards

Today's innovation is tomorrow's industry standard. As leaders in the field of water systems management, it's our responsibility to set the bar high so it can serve as a guide for all utility professionals.

If your company has instituted an innovative program with proven benefits for your customers, business operations, and the water industry as a whole, we invite you to share it by participating in our annual awards competition. We have been recognizing members for their pioneering and industry-changing ideas with NAWC's Management Innovation Awards for over 35 years.

Entries may be in the area of administration, finance, engineering, operations, human resources, customer relations, communications, safety & security  basically any company-related activity as long as it is moving water forward in a significant way. Winners are chosen by a panel of water industry professionals with a range of expertise.

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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