CWS | Clean Water Services Recognized as Utility of the Future
Clean Water Services (CWS) is among 61 public and private utilities across the U.S., Canada and Denmark to be recognized by the inaugural Utility of the Future (UOTF) Program.
August 18, 2016
The program celebrates the progress and exceptional performance of wastewater utilities that are providing sustainable, efficient and value-added service to their communities. The City of Gresham, who achieved net zero energy status in 2015 at their wastewater facility, was the only other Oregon utility recognized.
The UOTF concept was first introduced in 2013 to guide utilities of all sizes toward smarter, more efficient operations and a progression to full resource recovery with enhanced productivity, sustainability, and resiliency. Since then, many utilities have successfully implemented new and creative programs to address local environmental and community priorities.
CWS was recognized for their pioneering innovation in resource recovery, energy generation and natural treatment wetlands.
“It’s an honor to be recognized for the ground-breaking work Clean Water Services has accomplished over 40 plus years and across many levels of the organization,” said CWS Board Chair Andy Duyck. “This award highlights the innovative and efficient ways CWS is working to improve watershed health and save ratepayer dollars every day.”
Recipients were chosen by a peer committee of utility leaders with input from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and will be recognized in September at WEFTEC 2016, an annual international water industry trade show held in New Orleans, La.
Everything we do at Clean Water Services aims to protect public health, while enhancing the natural environment of the Tualatin River Watershed. Combining science and nature, we work in partnership with others to safeguard the river’s health and vitality, ensure the economic success of our region, and protect public health for more than 560,000 residents and businesses in urban Washington County.