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ARWA 27th Annual Awards Program

  William Snyder, General Manager of the Monroeville Water Works as the Master of Ceremonies at the Annual Awards Luncheon.

2018 Nomination Package

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Deadline February 16, 2018

For over twenty-five years, the Alabama Rural Water Association has offered an opportunity for outstanding employees and individual achievers to be recognized through their Annual Awards Program. The March, 2018 Awards Program is no exception.

There are many employees, board members, office employees and others who have dedicated their careers to the water and wastewater industry. They have demonstrated exemplary performance in their positions. In many cases, their hard work and dedication has contributed significantly to the success of the water or wastewater utility.

Why not take a moment to say thank you! There’s no better way to reward a deserving individual than to nominate him/her for outstanding performance. During the Association’s 27th Annual Awards Luncheon at least five individuals could be recognized. It could be you, your co-workers, a board member, or other individuals you know. The ceremony will be held in the Mobile Convention Center Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 11:30 a.m.

A Nominating Committee has been established to encourage nomination submissions. Stop for a moment and take the time to complete the Nomination Application. Submit the Application and questionnaire providing supportive information stating why this individual should be nominated. The deadline is February 16, 2018. Letters of recommendation in support of your nominee may also be submitted but are not required. Judges will meet in February to select the winners. The winners will be announced in March during the Awards Ceremony.

Two Awards will be given to worthy utilities who demonstrate “Vision” for growth, improvement and expansion of their system operation by applying and being approved for a USDA, SRF or CDBG project. The Water Utility Vision Award will be presented to a water utility with this demonstrated “Vision” during 2017 and also a Wastewater Utility Vision Award to a Wastewater System demonstrating the same efforts. No Nomination Applications are necessary for these awards, however, if you applied, and were approved for project Loan/Grant funding during the past year and want to insure your utility is considered, please feel free to call, email or fax your project type and funding source to the ARWA at arwa@alruralwater.com or 334.396.7090 Fax.

If you have questions, please contact the ARWA.


Take a few minutes to plan to submit nominations on behalf of your utility! We encourage and welcome your participation. 

Individuals are recognized in the following Award Categories:

Water Operator of the Year Award - Recognizes a State of Alabama Certified Water Treatment Operator with outstanding leadership abilities and accomplishments in water utility operations.

Wastewater Operator of the Year Award - Recognizes a State of Alabama Certified Wastewater Treatment Operator with outstanding leadership abilities and accomplishments in wastewater utility operations.

Office Worker of the Year Award -Recognizes an administrative employee for outstanding performance in office management and procedures.

Board Member/Director of the Year Award -Recognizes an individual who serves as a board member; responsible for governing decisions resulting in significant contributions toward the success, growth and customer satisfaction of the utility.

John A. Garrett Outstanding Service Award - Recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions throughout the State in support of water and wastewater needs during his/her career. This Award offers an opportunity to nominate a professional individual such as an Alabama Department of Environmental Management staff member, USDA Rural Development staff member, Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs staff member, Alabama Congressional Member, State of Alabama Legislator, Engineer, etc., who has been instrumental to the success of utility growth and progress in Alabama.

Organizations are recognized in the following Award Categories:

Water and Wastewater Utility Vision Awards - Recognizes utilities who demonstrate “Vision” for growth, improvement and expansion of their system operation by applying and being approved for a USDA, SRF or CDBG project.


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