AWWA Exemplary Source Water Protection Award Nominations Due January 15, 2021

Nominations for the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Exemplary Source Water Protection Award are due on January 15, 2021. State drinking water programs are encouraged to nominate your water systems for this award, where winners will be announced at the 2021 AWWA Annual Conference & Exposition. AWWA issues up to three awards each year for different sized water systems to recognize their exemplary source water protection programs. Water systems may self-nominate or be nominated by an AWWA member, regulatory agency responsible for source water protection, a local chapter of the National Rural Water Association, or regional authorities, who may be able to help with completing the applications for awards, particularly for small water systems.

Nominations are judged on how well a water system meets the six components of AWWA’s (G300) Source Water Protection Standard: 1) program vision; 2) source water characterization; 3) source water protection goals; 4) development of an Action Plan; 5) implementation of the Action Plan; and 6) periodic evaluation and revision of the entire program. In addition to how well a source water protection program satisfies each of the six program components for the AWWA Standard, nominees will also be evaluated on the following three criteria: 1) Effectiveness of the program; 2) Innovative approaches; and 3) Difficulties overcome.

For more information about the award, previous award recipients, eligibility and submission criteria, and the entry form, visit the AWWA website. If you have additional questions regarding the application process, or need help completing the form, please contact Randy Easley, Exemplary Source Water Protection Award Chair at:, or (501) 210-4935.