AWE Awarded US Water Prize by the US Water Alliance
On Thursday, January 23, Ben Grumbles, President of the U.S. Water Alliance, announced the awardees of the 2014 U.S. Water Prize while speaking to the California Irrigation Institute Conference attendees in Sacramento, California.
The four winners are: Alliance for Water Efficiency, Chicago, IL; American Water, Voorhees, NJ; Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater, Cincinnati, OH; and Orange County Water District and Sanitation District, Fountain Valley, California. "America's future looks bright blue with these shining water stars," said Ben Grumbles. "Our 2014 winners are leading the way by reducing water waste, reusing water resources, and rethinking watershed strategies and technologies."
The U.S. Water Prize was initiated four years ago by the U.S. Water Alliance to elevate those organizations with strategies that promote the value of water and the power of innovating and integrating for one water sustainability. "These winners offer approaches that will build resiliency in the face of challenges like the California drought and other climate change impacts,” remarked Ben Grumbles, as he provided accomplishment of each. Regarding AWE, “The Alliance for Water Efficiency is a leading force for education and advocacy, instilling an ethic of ‘every drop counts’ and proving that a ‘save more, waste less’ strategy applies not just to water but to energy and money as well."
The Alliance for Water Efficiency and the other winners will be honored in an awards ceremony on April 7, 2014, at National Geographic headquarters in Washington D.C.The recognition program will be attended by more than 300 water leaders from throughout the United States. "Water Prize winners reflect America's broad diversity and ingenuity, from the Heartland to the Coast, with urban and rural problem solvers working to keep water clean, safe, and secure," said Dick Champion, U.S. Water Alliance, Chairman of the Board.
Nominations were reviewed by an independent, volunteer panel of judges respected as leaders in the fields of water and environmental policy.
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