Rural Water Award Nomination

DEADLINE: December 19th 2019



Each year at RWAU’s Annual Conference in St. George, Utah, the Association presents awards to
member systems, as well as system personnel who have done an outstanding job of running their
water or wastewater system. Most awards are given based on performance in the 2019 calendar
year.

This is your chance to nominate someone who deserves an
RWAU Award for their hard work…even if it’s you!

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS:
  • OFFICE PERSONNEL PERSON OF THE YEAR - Based on accomplishments, overall on-the-job performance, and involvement with RWAU for a Town Clerk, City Recorder, Treasurer, Manager, Administrator, etc.
  • ELECTED/APPOINTED OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR Based on accomplishments, overall on-the-job performance, and involvement with RWAU for Mayors, Board Chair, Councilperson, Board Member etc. (either elected or appointed.)
  • OUTSTANDING SERVICE BY A WATER OPERATOR Based on long-term, outstanding on-the-job performance (10+ years, distribution or treatment)
  • OUTSTANDING SERVICE BY A WASTEWATER OPERATOR Based on long-term, outstanding on-the-job performance (10+ years.)
  • WATER OPERATOR OF THE YEAR Based on extraordinary accomplishments of an individual operator during 2019 who is directly or indirectly responsible for the day-to-day O&M of a water system (distribution or treatment).
  • WASTEWATER OPERATOR OF THE YEAR Based on extraordinary accomplishments of an individual operator during 2019 who is directly or indirectly responsible for the day-to-day O&M of a wastewater system.

Individual Award Criteria Considered (but not limited to):
  • System/Company is a current RWAU member in good standing.
  • Supports RWAU Conferences, Seminars, Trainings, and/or serves on RWAU Committees.
  • Friendly, helpful attitude, knowledgeable and efficient on related job duties.
  • Eager to keep System in compliance with Utah State Regulations.
  • Eager to keep System Operator certified to level of system.
  • Able to initiate and/or oversee special projects in helping improve the system and its service to its customers.
  • Great contributions to Water and/or WW fields locally and/or nationally.

SYSTEM AWARDS:
  • Resource Efficiency Award In the past year the water or wastewater system has demonstrated one or more of the following:
  1. An exceptional level of conservation education and/or implementation that has reduced their water demand per ERC, customer, or irrigated acre, etc.
  2. Adopted a leak detection or audit system that has reduced unaccounted for water to a level of 15 percent or less (or reduced overall water loss by a significant percentage)
  3. Implemented management, SCADA improvements, and operational procedures that have reduced pumping energy usage or power demands by a significant level
  4. Implemented rates or rules/regulations that encourage water conservation.
  5. Implemented educational programs to help the public protect water resources and in their jurisdictional area
  6. Invested in capital improvements to better conserve water, reduce demands of treatment chemicals, energy, power, gas, or reduce waste (Certifying in RWAU Water Conservation is a plus!)
  7. Implemented some type of recycling or composting program of wastewater or other plant waste materials
  8. Improved programs to significantly reduce vehicle or equipment miles, emissions, or increase fuel efficiency
  9. Modeling of system to reduce water re-pumping, leaking PRVs, improve pumping efficiency, etc.
  • Most Improved Water System Based on accomplishments and/or improvements of a water system during 2018
  • Most Improved Wastewater System Based on accomplishments and/or improvements of a wastewater system during 2018
  • Outstanding Water Service to Customers Based on long-term performance (15 + years.)
  • Outstanding Wastewater Service to Customers Based on long-term performance (15 + years.)
  • Source Water Protection Award
  • Supporting Member Over 10,000 Award Based on long term performance (3 + years) for nonvoting members.
  • Supporting Member Under 10,000 Award Based on long-term performance (3 + years) for nonvoting members.
  • Associate Member of the Year Based on years exhibiting, RWAU magazine advertising, Conference involvement and other above-and-beyond activities with RWAU.
System Award Criteria Considered (but not limited to):
  • System/Company is a current RWAU member in good standing and supports RWAU Conferences/Seminars/Trainings (instructs, consecutive years attending or vending) and/or serves on RWAU Committees.
  • Extraordinary public relations efforts (articles, publications, etc.)
  • Maintains System compliance with Utah State Regulations.
  • Relationship with regulatory agencies.
  • Able to initiate and/or oversee special projects in helping improve the system and its service to its customers.
  • Great contributions to Water and/or WW fields locally and/or nationally.

NOMINATE an Individual NOMINATE A System


Who is Eligible?

Eligibility for Scholarships is limited to dependents of full-time employees, Board members or Council members of RWAU member systems. RWAU Board and Staff members are not eligible.

How Much Money is Available?

Two scholarships of $1,500 are open to apply for. The two winners will be required to provide proof of full-time enrollment each semester in order to receive the award money. The payment is split into two installments of $750.

Where Do I Apply?

Click on the "Apply Now!" button below to get started. This will take you to an online form. Fill out all of the required information and submit. Good luck!

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