2006 WateReuse Award Recipients

The WateReuse Association announced recipients of the Association's Annual Awards at a luncheon held on September 11 during the 21st Annual  WaterReuse Symposium at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, CA. 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 or desalination.

The ceremony was hosted by David Baker of Pinellas County Utilities. "For those who win recognition for their efforts, it never happens by accident," Baker said. "It's the result of a lot of planning, innovation, and just plain hard work.  And our line-up of award nominees this year again created a challenge for the awards committee-how to choose a winner among so many winners!"

The award recipients are listed below.



Customer of the Year

Winner: SCA Tissue North America, Flagstaff Paper Mill (AZ)

  • SCA Tissue North America was Flagstaff's second largest consumer of potable water, using 115 million gallons annually.
  • SCA recently converted its Flagstaff paper mill to reclaimed water, achieving Flagstaff's greatest water conservation, with an annual potable water savings of 100 million gallons.
  • Through participation in this innovative project, SCA has demonstrated their commitment to ensuring a more sustainable environment and water system for the Flagstaff community.

Person of the Year

Winner: Anthony Andrade, Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD)

  • Fifteen years of experience in the water reuse arena.
  • Currently serves as Water Reuse Coordinator within SWFWMD, where he has helped shape the district's remarkably successful water reuse program and associated funding programs. 
  • Author and editor of the Reclaimed Water Guide.
  • Heavily involved in the WateReuse Association and the WateReuse Foundation.
  • A true ambassador for water reuse - in Florida and beyond.

Project of the Year - Large (Greater than 5.0 MGD/based on WWTP capacity)

This award includes facilities that generate greater than 5 million gallons per day and demonstrate effective management practices and their impact on operations. The nomination can focus on reclaimed water quality, uses, capacity and flows, public education and outreach or other special contributions to the community

Winner: Manatee Agricultural Reuse System (MARS), Manatee County, Florida

The MARS project was developed in response to the New Water Source Initiative by SWFWMD.  It was also designed to demonstrate the effectiveness of the Alternative Sources recommendations in the District's Southern Water Use Caution Area Management Plan.

In order to maintain safe levels of ground water, the MARS project was developed.  MARS connects the reclaimed water (treated effluent) lines of Manatee County's three water reclamation facilities to insure maximum flexibility for transmission to reclaimed water customers. 

The MARS project reflects priority for large agricultural properties adjacent to transmission lines with extensions to serve major users in the vicinity of the transmission mains.

Project of the Year - Small

Winner: Sand Creek Water Reuse Facility, City of Aurora, CO

For more than 30 years, the Sand Creek Water Reuse Facility (SCWRF) has provided reuse water for irrigation, reducing the demand on the City of Aurora's potable water supply.  The SCWRF is known as one of the pioneers in water reuse in Colorado.  It is also known for the excellent quality of reuse water produced. 

  • The City of Aurora was the fourth entity in the state to use reclaimed wastewater for irrigation.
  • After the new plant was built in 2001, the distribution system went through a major expansion.  Currently, sixteen miles of pipe deliver the reuse water to 12 sites with the City of Aurora.  In addition, reuse water is transported by truck to various greenbelts throughout the City.

Public Education Program of the Year

Winner: City of Oxnard Water Resources Division, Oxnard, CA

The City of Oxnard's Water Resources Division has developed a multi-faceted public education program to inform, educate and reinforce the value of water.

The Children's Water Science Exploratorium Event

  • The City of Oxnard's Water Resources Division provides 1,000 third graders, as well as their teachers and parents, with a day of learning in a festival-like atmosphere. 

Curriculum - Teacher's Resource Booklet

  • The City of Oxnard's Water Resources Division created a teacher's resource booklet entitled Who Am I? featuring their water-drop mascot, "Molly Cool." 
  • The booklet provides original classroom projects, experiments and curriculum aligned with State of California Curriculum Standards.

Awards of Merit

The Award of Merit is a special category of recognition that is presented at the discretion of the Awards Committee. 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and West Basin Municipal Water District's Harbor-South Bay Water Recycling Project

  • The United States Army Corps of Engineers has partnered with the West Basin Municipal Water District to implement the Harbor-South Bay Water Recycling Project.
  • The $60 million project consists of design and construction of pipeline and conveyance infrastructure that will deliver recycled water to various cities throughout the Harbor-South Bay area (in Los Angeles County).
  • When completed, the project will annually provide an additional 50,000 acre-feet, or 16.3 billion gallons, of recycled water to serve golf courses, parks, street medians, athletic stadiums, and schools, which will utilize the water for irrigation and landscaping purposes. In addition, local industries, such as refineries and dye houses, will also use the recycled water for industrial purposes.


Clear Lake Sanitary District

Clear Lake Sanitary District partnered with a nearby Alliant Energy power generation plant to provide reuse water for the power plant's cooling water demand.  This is the first municipal-industrial water reuse application in the state of Iowa. 

  • In order to meet the reuse guidelines for discharge to the power plant, Clear Lake had to install tertiary treatment processes to provide further filtering and disinfection of the effluent. 
  • Clear Lake Sanitary District has committed to providing reuse water to the power plant for a 25-year period, which began in January 2004. 
  • In addition to the partnership with the power plant, Clear Lake also exerts their concern for the environment by providing public awareness in various ways.  This is accomplished through public presentations, published articles in water-wastewater industry magazines, maintenance of an educational website, and on-site tours for visitors.

Haskell R. Street Reclaimed Water Project

  • El Paso Water Utilities' Haskell R. Street Reclaimed Water Project was the first reclaimed water program established in the City of El Paso to offset potable water demand.  It has been servicing the County of El Paso's golf course for over 40 years.  It currently provides service to over 14 customers, including the zoo, several public parks and schools, and six cemeteries.
  • The Water Reclamation Section approach to marketing reclaimed water is to make its customers knowledgeable and trusting of what they are getting.  They have continuously funded outreach and public education programs such as the Landscape Management Program focused on making the most out of a reclaimed water irrigated site.

Recycled Water Irrigation Customer Site Evaluation Program, East Bay Municipal Utility District (Oakland, CA)

  • East Bay's Office of Water Recycling proactively sought to find a means to enhance customer success with recycled water use, to supply a significant "value-added" service to recycled water customers, and to provide an expert basis upon which the District could rely should there be any customer adverse impact complaints.
  • The result was the Site Evaluation Program, in which a horticulturist was hired to evaluate each recycled water irrigation customer site before recycled water was supplied, have soil analyses performed where deemed appropriate, and document each site with digital photographs.
  • Additionally, horticultural expertise remains available to recycled water irrigation customers to respond to their questions and concerns as their landscaping adjusts to the use of recycled water.

Clear, straightforward, and direct communication with customers through the Site Evaluation Program, including thorough Site Supervisor Training, enhances the success of this program.