AWWA recognizes those who have dedicated themselves to the pursuit for clean and safe water.
Their dedication has made a profound impact on the industry and for AWWA. Join us in applauding their outstanding work and be inspired to join the ranks of excellence.
*Please note: If the award wasn't given out this year, it is not listed on this page.
A.P. Black Research Award
Melinda is President and 2008 co-founder of Confluence Engineering Group, LLC, (Confluence), and is based in Seattle, Washington.
Abel Wolman Award of Excellence
An award of excellence to recognize those whose careers in the water works industry exemplify vision, creativity, and excellent professional performance.
Academic Achievement Award
First Place Doctoral Dissertation
Second Place Doctoral Dissertation
First Place Master’s Thesis
Second Place Master’s Thesis
American/Canadian/Mexican Water Landmarks Award
Archie Becher, Jr. Award
Award of Merit
Chuck Van Der Kolk Award
Distinguished Public Service Award
The award for Distinguished Public Service, established in 1951 in honor of Harry E. Jordan who served as Secretary of the Association from 1936 to 1959, is presented in recognition of distinguished public service outside the line of duty by an AWWA member.
Diversity & Inclusion Award
Individual Award Winner
Organizational Award Winner
Dr. John L. Leal Award
The Dr. John L. Leal Award is presented annually for distinguished service to the water profession in commemoration of the sound medical/public health expertise and the courageous leadership advancing public health that characterized the life of Dr. John L. Leal.
Exemplary Source Water Protection Award
Five Under 35 - Outstanding Young Professional Award
George Warren Fuller Award
George Warren Fuller Awards are presented annually by the American Water Works Association to the sections' respective selected members for their distinguished service to the water supply field in commemoration of the sound engineering skill.
Honorary Member Award
Jack W. Hoffbuhr Award
John Lechner Award of Excellence
Outstanding Service to AWWA Award
To recognize and honor a member of the American Water Works Association who has demonstrated outstanding service to the Association through leadership and active participation in AWWA programs.
Partnership for Safe Water
Public Communications Achievement
"Lessons from the first year of compliance sampling under Michigan's revised Lead and Copper Rule and national Lead and Copper Rule implications," AWWA Water Science, December 2021
Division: Water Quality Technology Division
Section Education Award
Volunteer of the Year Award
To recognize and honor an individual AWWA member who has advanced AWWA Denver or D.C. through his/her volunteer time and efforts and has been a support to AWWA staff.
Water Industry Hall of Fame
Wendell LaDue Utility Safety Award
Zenno A. Gorder Award