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Friday, September 15, 2017
Columbus Water Works Recognized for Leadership in Transforming Operations to be Utility of the Future Today

Columbus Water Works has received this esteemed national recognition by the Water Environment Federation as a Utility of the Future Today 2017 for Community Partnership & Engagement.  The Utility of the Future program seeks to promote and recognize utilities that are building on a foundation of excellent management and help small, medium, and large utilities transform their operations over time.

Columbus Water Works is dedicated to meeting the ever-increasing challenges of sustainability, innovative technology and green energy while protecting the environment and preserving our most precious resource – water.  CWW’s program for community sustainability emphasizes public education about the environment, energy conservation, return rate, and water use optimization.  The integral part of CWW’s business is to support and provide national, regional and tri-community leadership in the areas of public education, community involvement, environmental stewardship, and economic development.  CWW’s environmentally friendly programs are used to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment. 


CWW’s core value of integrity reflects their commitment and dedication to a standard of excellence that promotes honesty and transparency.  They strive to ensure that their practices are dependable and trustworthy in meeting the customers’ needs.  This commitment is reflected in state, local, and national awards they receive.  CWW is recognized in the areas of environmental stewardship, operational planning, management, water quality monitoring safety, and financial operations.  By competing for awards, CWW strives for stellar performance in order to better serve their customers.

Columbus Water Works is one of 25 water utilities from across the U.S. recognized as forward-thinking, innovative utilities that are providing resilient and value-added service to communities.

The Utility of the Future Today program was launched in 2016 by four water sector organizations—the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) and WateReuse, with input from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The Utility of the Future Today concept is being promoted as the nation’s water system faces challenges such as aging infrastructure, water pollution, workforce shortages, and impacts of climate change, including drought, floods, storms, and sea level rise. The 25 utilities recognized in 2017 are transforming operations to meet challenges by recovering resources, engaging in the community, forming un-traditional partnerships, and building an internal culture of innovation.

“The innovations coming to the water sector present an opportunity for a paradigm shift in the way utilities think about and solve long-standing challenges to clean and reliable water,” said Eileen O’Neill, Executive Director of the Water Environment Federation. “WEF is excited to recognize Columbus Water Works for embracing innovative ways to better serve their communities.” 

Columbus Water Works will be recognized during an awards ceremony at WEFTEC 2017 – WEF’s 90th annual technical exhibition and conference – this October in Chicago.

Utility of the Future staff 2017

Columbus Water Works employees who were instrumental in achieving this prestigious award

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