2005 WateReuse Award Recipients


The WateReuse Association presented its Annual Awards at a luncheon on September 19 during the 20th Annual WateReuse Symposium in Denver. The Awards Program recognizes superior water reuse, reclamation, and recycling projects that advance reuse, have a new reclamation twist, or have made significant contributions to water reuse and/or desalination.

The 2005 WateReuse Associations Awards and recipients are as follows:

Customer of the Year - Awarded to Walt Disney World Co. for using an average of more than five million gallons per day of reclaimed water and for being a consumer, advocate, and promoter of reclaimed water since the early 1990s. Despite continued growth, Walt Disney World Co. has kept its consumption of potable water at steady levels by using reclaimed water to meet more than 25% of its water resource needs. Reclaimed water issued in typical landscaping and turf grass irrigation, as well as atypical uses such as vehicle washing, street and sidewalk cleaning, cooling tower makeup, decorative fountains, fire suppression and protection, and construction activities. 

Institution of the Year - Awarded to the Mid Florida Citrus Foundation for its significant contribution to the understanding of the use, value, and management of reclaimed water. The Mid Florida Citrus Foundation, which is the nonprofit research arm of Water Conserv II, has been studying the long-term effects of irrigating citrus with reclaimed water since1987. Their research has played a key role in the success of Water Conserv II, which was the first project in Florida to irrigate crops produced for human consumption with reclaimed water. The group's research has demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of irrigating citrus with reclaimed water, as well as the best soil conditions to achieve superior results. The Mid Florida Citrus Foundation's research also has shown the benefits of irrigating other crops and golf course grasses with reclaimed water

Person of the Year - Awarded to James Crook, Ph.D., P.E. for his countless professional and volunteer efforts for the cause of wastewater reclamation. Dr. Crook began his career as a Senior Sanitary Engineer for the California Department of Health Services, where he directed the water reclamation and reuse program. Since 1988, he has been in private practice, initially with three of the largest firms in the water reclamation field, and most recently, on his own. He wrote the reclamation guidelines for Washington state, and has served as consultant to water-related agencies in several states and countries around the world. Dr. Crook has authored or co-authored more than a 100 publications and was the principal author of EPA's 1992 Guidelines for Water Reuse.

Project of the Year, Large - Awarded to West Basin Water Recycling Facility (WBWRF), Phase IV Expansion Project, which will increase production of recycled water for the West Coast groundwater basin by five million gallons per day and will also increase the production of Title22 recycled water by 10 million gallons per day. Upgrades to the existing barrier water production system will be installed, improving the efficiency of the treatment process and increasing the quality of the barrier product water .The WBWRF is the largest treatment facility of its type in the country, providing nearly eight billion gallons of recycled water annually to over 200sites in the Southern California region. The Phase IV Expansion Project completion is scheduled for May 2006. 

Project of the Year, Small - Awarded to Tampa Bay Fisheries' Wastewater Reuse Project for turning a wastewater disposal problem into an opportunity to beneficially use the water for irrigation, thereby reducing groundwater demands in a regional aquifer that had been identified as "stressed." Tampa Bay Fisheries, a leading processor of wholesale seafood products, was treating water and wastewater onsite prior to this project, but the company's continued growth required new waste disposal options. With the support of the Southwest Florida Water Management District, Tampa Bay Fisheries entered into a partnership with Tampa Wholesale Nursery to use treated wastewater for irrigation. The project has led to a reduction in groundwater use of 60,000 gallons per day at the nursery with a potential to increase to as much as 175,000 gallons per day

Public Education Program of the Year - Awarded to Big Bear Area Regional Wastewater Agency (BBARWA) for a public education program that has been able to win wide, enthusiastic support in a very short period of time for the simultaneous launch of visionary residential, landscape irrigation, and groundwater recharge projects. These strategies have been so successful that residents have been lining up to receive free recycled water. BBARWA's public outreach involves a comprehensive program that includes targeted print and broadcast advertising, creation and skilled management of a Citizens' Advisory Committee, website development, deft media relations, community presentations, and outreach to stakeholders including internal staff, elected officials, school children, and government agencies.

Award of Merit - Awarded to Pinellas County Utilities' South Cross Bayou Water Reclamation Facility, which produces about 24 million gallons per day of reclaimed water for nearly 16,000 single-family residences, multiple family residences, and commercial accounts. Other consumers include two golf courses, 23 parks and playgrounds, and four schools. Wholesale customers  include the cities of Pinellas Park, St. Pete Beach, and South Pasadena. The facility has a dynamic public outreach program, which includes an Education Center, publications, and neighborhood meetings. In the near future, many more customers will be brought into the system with the completion of reclaimed water distribution mains and lines in the beach communities. 

Award of Merit - Awarded to Parker Development Company for its master-planned community Serrano, outside Sacramento. Serrano is one of the first communities in the nation to use recycled water for residents' front and backyard irrigation on a grand scale. Today, more than2,000 Serrano homeowners keep their landscapes green with recycled water, thanks not only to an investment in infrastructure, but an effort to educate residents and the community at large about the benefits. Each Serrano home is equipped with two sets of pipes: one for regular drinking water and one for recycled water only. Recycled water is also used to irrigate an elementary school, parks, golf courses, common areas, and median strips. 

In addition to the WaterReuse Awards, outgoing WateReuse Association President Mike Gritzuk presented the coveted President's Awards to David L. Moore, P.G., Executive Director of the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) and John P. Rehring, P.E., an environmental engineer with CDM. Under Moore's leadership, SWFWMD has developed a strong record of promoting the beneficial use of reclaimed water through a combination of regulation, education, partnerships, and financial incentives. Rehring has been instrumental in the development of the Colorado water reuse regulations through his leadership of the Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association/Rocky Mountain Section American Water Works Association Joint Water Reuse Committee.