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Honoring Utility Achievements and Individual Contributions

For more than two decades AMWA has provided utility recognition programs that honor extraordinary management and stellar workforce performance. A progressive series of awards was developed over the years: the Gold Award for Exceptional Utility Performance, the Platinum Award for Utility Excellence, and the Sustainable Water Utility Management Award.

2021 Awards Program

AMWA invited all eligible utilities to apply for one of three utility management award programs for 2021 from January to June 2021. AMWA has closed the process and is no longer accepting submissions for this year.

Distinguished panels of peer judges evaluate award applicants, and the awards will be presented at AMWA's Executive Management Conference, October 3-6, in Denver, Colorado. In addition, award winners receive local, national, water industry, and public utility media attention.  Information on past winners and examples of award-winning applications can be found below.  

AMWA also honors individual accomplishments in the drinking water field through its President’s Award and Donald R. Boyd Award. Recipients of these awards are determined by the association’s Nominations Committee, and the awards are presented at the fall Executive Management Conference. Nominations are solicited in the summer by a bulletin from AMWA’s national office.

For more information about the awards program or eligibility, please contact 
Antoinette Barber.

Utility Awards

Gold Award for Exceptional Utility Performance

The AMWA Gold Awards for Exceptional Utility Performance recognize the large public drinking water systems that exhibit high levels of performance in all areas.

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Platinum Award for Utility Excellence

Like the Gold Award for Exceptional Utility Performance, the criteria for the Platinum Award for Utility Excellence are also based on the Ten Attributes of Effective Utility Management and the Keys to Management Success.

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Sustainable Water Utility Management Award 

AMWA’s Sustainable Water Utility Management Award, introduced in 2014, recognizes member utilities that have made a commitment to sustainable management.

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Individual Awards

Donald R. Boyd Award

The Donald R. Boyd Award acknowledges extraordinary personal service in the drinking water field. General criteria may include valuable service advancing public understanding and awareness, water quality research or more general contributions deserving of recognition.

View Donald R. Boyd Winners

President’s Award

The AMWA President’s Award is presented to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the improvement of water supply management.

View President’s Award Winners