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As I write this, Oscar buzz is in the air as Hollywood’s biggest day draws near. Like the flm industry, the water industry, too, has its share of award programs for recognizing excellence in the many aspects of water management and treatment. One of those programs — a
relative newcomer on the water industry
stage — is the U.S. Water Prize.
Created by the U.S. Water Alliance in
2010, the U.S. Water Prize is somewhat
unique among water industry recogni-
tion programs. Rather than single
out one particular facet of the water
sector — like safety, for example
— the U.S. Water Prize highlights
organizations and initiatives that
promote the value of water as a whole.
“Four years ago, the members of the U.S. Water Alliance
realized that the best thing we could do to shift the perception of water from being invisible to being invaluable is to
have a national program to honor those who are true innovators, integrators and educators on the value of water,” said
Ben Grumbles, president of the U.S. Water Alliance.
This year, four organizations are being recognized with a
U.S. Water Prize for their outstanding achievements.
First (and in no particular order) is the Alliance for Water
Effciency. This Chicago-based non-proft is dedicated to the
effcient and sustainable use of water, serving as an advocate
for water effcient products and programs, and providing information and assistance on water conservation efforts.
Next: American Water. For more than thirty years, Ameri-
‘Innovators and Integrators’ Celebrated for
Elevating the Value of Water