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Annual awards recognize new and innovative programs
The National Association of Water Companies’ (NAWC) 2009 Management Innovation Awards were presented by Donald L. Correll, president and CEO of American Water, and immediate past-president of the NAWC board of directors at the fifth National Drinking Water Symposium on Oct. 13. These annual awards recognize new and innovative programs that promote better water service, wider recognition of the industry and improved utility management.
First prize went to United Water for its eBilling PUSH project; and second prize was awarded to a subsidiary of American Water, Arizona American Water, for significantly reducing water consumption at its Northwest Valley Regional Water Reclamation Facility. Suburban Water Systems, a subsidiary of SouthWest Water Co., was recognized with a third prize for its Suburban Residential Price Signal Index.
“United Water, American Water and Suburban Water Systems exemplify the high level of commitment our industry has to our customers and to the communities in which we do business,” said Michael Deane, executive director of the NAWC. “NAWC members have pioneered numerous environmental sustainability practices and always strive to practice what they preach when it comes to water conservation. The winning management innovation programs of these three companies represent the best of the best in those areas.”