Water Landmarks Award

American/Canadian/Mexican Water Landmarks Award

Award Criteria


Purpose of the Award: To recognize and preserve an American, Canadian, or Mexican Water Landmark at least 50 years old that has had a direct and significant relationship with water supply, treatment, distribution, or technological development.

The Award: A sturdy bronze plaque to be appropriately mounted on the water landmark, and a certificate of designation. The certificate and plaque title shall be specific to the country of recognition.

Frequency: As deserved.

Eligibility for Award:

  1. An American, Canadian, or Mexican Water Landmark must be a tangible, physical property that has or has had a direct and significant relationship with water's supply, treatment, distribution, or technological development. It should be of a permanent and nonexpendable nature, such as a building, dam, reservoir, tower, etc., and not machinery or a natural water resource.
  2. A water landmark must be at least 50 years old and be recognized within its own community or region as a popular, valued, or historically significant property. (Evidence of this recognition must be provided.)
  3. It must be apparent that the Landmark candidate has been and will continue to be maintained in a manner appropriate to the status of an American, Canadian, or Mexican Water Landmark. (A clear, current, original photo of the candidate should be provided to demonstrate its condition.) The Landmark may be utilized in a manner other than its original purpose.

Entry Requirements: Submit entry on "Entry Form - AMERICAN/CANADIAN/MEXICAN WATER LANDMARK AWARD," along with other required materials, to the professional staff or secretary of the AWWA Section in which the landmark is located. (See paragraph 7 below.)

Provide written background about the proposed water landmark, plus photos, drawings, or plans that illustrate its worthiness. Generally, think what it might take to persuade you of its appropriateness.

Nomination Procedure: A proposed water landmark must be considered and approved by the AWWA Section in which it is located. The entry form and supporting material shall be submitted to the Section professional staff or secretary in the number of copies he or she specifies, for forwarding to the Section committee charged with determining whether or not the proposed landmark meets the eligibility requirements. The chair of the Section  review committee shall report its decision to the Section professional staff or secretary.

The Section professional staff or secretary shall advise the person submitting the entry of the decision. If the entry has been approved, the Section professional staff or secretary shall so certify to and instruct the submitter to send the entry form, Section certification, photo(s) of the proposed water landmark, and each item of supporting material to: Communications Dept., Water Landmarks Committee, AWWA, 6666 W. Quincy Avenue, Denver, CO 80235. Phone (303) 794-7711.

Nomination or Submission Deadline: October 1.

Award Committee Membership: The committee shall consist of a chair and seven other members appointed by the chair of the Public Affairs Council, subject to Council approval.  The chair serves one three-year term and members may serve two three-year terms. The chair votes only in case of a tie. An Association staff member shall serve as advisor to the committee.

Method of Selecting Award Recipient: The advisor of the AWWA Water Landmarks Committee shall check the entry material for conformance with requirements and, if satisfactory, shall forward the material to members of the AWWA Water Landmarks Committee together with a ballot form. A simple majority of the committee must approve a nomination. Committee members shall respond with their vote and will be asked to return original photographs to the secretary.

After committee approval, the nomination shall be forwarded to the AWWA Executive Committee and Board of Directors for its approval.

A negative vote will be reviewed by the staff advisor and, if necessary, will be circulated, along with stated reasons, to members of the AWWA Water Landmarks Committee for final resolution.

Presentation of the Award:

  1. Announcement of approved American, Canadian, and Mexican Water Landmarks is made in AWWA publications and at the next American Water Works Association Annual Conference and Exposition.
  2. A certificate of designation is mailed through the Section chair to the individual who originally submitted entry material.
  3. A sturdy bronze plaque is mailed to the professional staff or secretary of the sponsoring AWWA Section, who will have it appropriately engraved after consulting with the person submitting the nomination.
  4. The originator (and Section) should arrange suitable ceremonies at the site of the landmark to affix, unveil, or otherwise publicly recognize the honor at an appropriate time; i.e., an open house, dedication, Drinking Water Week event (first full week in May annually), or other occasion.

Designated Landmarks

- Antigua Acueducto de Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico Section
- Linnwood Water Treatment Plant, Wisconsin Section
- The Delaware Aqueduct, New York Section

•Manatee County Dam
  Bradenton, Florida
•Bay County Water Treatment Plant
  Panama City, Florida
•Altoona Reservoir System
  Altoona, Pennsylvania
•City of Ann Arbor Water Treatment Plant
  Ann Arbor, Michigan

•Sheahan Pumping Station
  Memphis, Tennessee
•Court Street Pumping Station
  Montgomery, Alabama
•The Old Well - Water Well #3
  Bristow, Oklahoma
•Destin Water Users Tower 1
  Destin, Florida
•City of Dunedin Well 1
  Dunedin, Florida

•High Point City Lake Dam aka Arnold J. Koonce, Jr., City Lake Dam
 Jamestown, North Carolina

•John F. Dye Water Conditioning Plant
Lansing, Michigan

•Pedlar River Dam and Gravity Pipeline
City of Lynchburg, Virginia 
•R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant
Toronto, ON, Canada 
•Market Street Pump Station
San Antonio, Texas
•North Holly Water Treatment Plant
Fort Worth, Texas

•Riverside Water Treatment Plant
Waco, Texas
•Waterworks Museum
Boston, Massachusetts
•Butts Hill Small Water Storage Tank Portsmouth, Rhode Island
•Old Pump House
Town of Parry Sound, ON, Canada

•Hoover Dam
Boulder City, Nevada
•Payson Park Reservoir & Gatehouse
Belmont, Massachusetts

•Water Tower 
Caruthersville, Missouri

•City of Riverside Upper Canal
Riverside, California
•Marston Water Tower
Ames, Iowa

•Crystal Spring Steam Pumping Station
Roanoke, Virginia
•Mount Clemens Water Filtration Plant
Mount Clemens, Michigan

•Main Office-San Jose Water Co.
San Jose, California

•Sunset Heights Pumping Station
El Paso, Texas
•Fort Revere Water Tower
Hull, Massachusetts
•Gainer Dam
Scituate, Rhode Island

•Alvarado Water Treatment Plant
La Mesa, California

•Spring Road Waterworks Bldg.
Huntington, New York
•North Pumping Station
South Bend, Indiana

•Stanley Hydraulics Laboratory, IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering
Iowa City, Iowa
•Brooks Catsup Bottle Water Tower
Collinsville, Illinois
•Cedartown Water Plant
Cedartown, Georgia

•Industrial & Domestic Water Treatment Plant
Savannah, Georgia
•Col. Francis G. Ward Complex
Buffalo, New York
•Sunrise Reservoir
Portsmouth, Ohio

•Grants Pass Water Filtration Plant
Grants Pass, Oregon

•Marine Dam
Waimea, Hawaii
•Old Holly Pump Station
Rochester, New York

•Salisbury Water Tank
West Lafayette, Indiana
•Sault Ste. Marie Water Storage Tank
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
•City of Chester Cistern
Chester, South Carolina

•Upriver Well #1
Spokane, Washington
•Volunteer Park Standpipe
Seattle, Washington
•Beretania Pumping Station
Honolulu, Hawaii
•Jersey City Dam and Gatehouses
Jersey City, New Jersey

•Grosse Pointe Farms Water Treatment Plant
Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan
•Halawa Shaft
Halawa Valley,
Oahu, Hawaii
•1926 Pumping Station
West Palm Beach, Florida
•Fort Thomas Treatment Plant
Fort Thomas, Kentucky
•Albany Water Treatment Plant
Albany, Oregon

•North Main Tank Bldg.
Independence, Missouri
•Delphos Standpipe
Delphos, Ohio
•Brighton Dam
Brighton, Missouri
•Mark B. Whitaker Water Treatment Plant
Knoxville, Tennessee
•Jordan & Salt Lake Canal
Salt Lake County, Utah
•River Pumping Station
Cincinnati, Ohio

•Fulbright Water Treatment Plant
Springfield, Missouri
•The Big Dam
Loveland, Colorado
•O'Shaugnhnessy Dam
Columbus, Ohio
•Albany Water Works
Albany, Georgia
•Marine City Water Works
Marine City, Michigan

•Illinois-American Water Co. Main Station
Cairo, Illinois
•Baldwin Filtration Plant
Cleveland, Ohio
•Alpena Water Treatment Plant
Alpena, Michigan
•Lake Superior Waterworks Swedetown Standpipe
Calument, Michigan
•Mill Creek Water Treatment Plant
Dalton, Georgia
•White Rock Pump Station
Dallas, Texas
•Macon Water Treatment Plant
Macon, Georgia
•Colorado River Aqueduct
Southern California
•Glenmore Water Treatment Plant
Calgary, AB, Canada

•Newport Pumping Station
Newport, Kentucky
•Lafayette Street Standpipe
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
•Kingsport Water Filtration Plant
Kingsport, Tennessee
•Holston River Water Pumping Station
Kingsport, Tennessee
•Vest Station
Charlotte, North Caroloina

•Ashland Water Treatment Plant
Ashland, Nebraska
•Jefferson Water & Electric
Commission Wellhouse #2
Jefferson, Wisconsin
•High Service Pumping Station
Virginia-American Water Company 
Hopewell, Virginia
•Columbus Water Treatment Plant
Columbus, Georgia
•Boniface Water Tower
Village of Scarsdale, New York
•Citico Pump Station
Chattanooga, Tennessee
•Indiana-American Water Company
Seymour District's Low Service
Hydraulic Turbine Pumping Facility
Seymour, Indiana
•Madison County Stand Pipe Water Tank
Madison, Florida

•Cobbs Hill Reservoir
Rochester, New York
•Alexandria District Reservoir
Alexandria, Virginia
•MinneLusa Pumping Station
Omaha, Nebraska
•J.H. Fewell Water Treatment Plant
Jackson, Mississippi
•Alexandria District Operations Center
Alexandria, Virginia
•Capitol City Water Tower
Jefferson City, Missouri
•Snow Pumping Station
Nashua, New Hampshire
Water Co. Main Station
Alton, Illinois
•Water Works Park Treatment Plant
Detroit, Michigan
•North Easton Water Works Pumping Plant
North Easton, Massachusetts

•R.B Simms Filtration Plant & Dam
Spartanburg, South Carolina
•Jacksonville Water Works Park
Jacksonville, Florida
•Omohundro Water Treatment Plant
Nashville, Tennessee
•Canal Winchester Water Treatment Plant
Canal Winchester, Ohio
•Illinois-American Water Company's Main Station
East St. Louis, Illinois
•Sacramento River Water Treatment Plant
Sacramento, California
•Indian Hill Water Tower
Indian Hill, Ohio
•Oak Street Standpipe
Huntington, Indiana

•30th Street Pump Station
Galveston, Texas
•Frankfort Electric & Water Plant's Reservoir
Frankfort, Kentucky
•Remington Water Tower
Remington, Indiana
•Stoughton Pump Station
Stoughton, Massachusetts
•24th Street Pump Station
Huntington, West Virginia
•North Street Pumping Station
Waukesha, Wisconsin
•Blendville Pumping Station
Joplin, Missouri

•Winnipeg Aqueduct
Winnipeg, MB, Canada
•Robert E. Green Auditorium
Vincennes, Indiana
•Monroe Water Works Filtration Plant
Monroe, Michigan
•No. 1 Water Treatment Complex
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
•Ada Treatment Plant
Bluefield, West Virginia
•Snow & Gaskill Pump House
St. Joseph, Missouri
•Three Rivers Filtration Plant
Ft. Wayne, Indiana
•Bluffton Water Works Washington Street Station
Bluffton, Indiana
•Barton Dam & Impoundment
Ann Arbor, Michigan
•Walnut Street Standpipe
Wabash, Indiana
•Boulware Springs Waterworks
Gainesville, Florida
•Little Quitticas Pump Station
New Bedford, Massachusetts
•Two Mile Dam & Reservoir
Santa Fe, New Mexico

•Bartow Water Tank
Bartow, Florida
•McMillan Water Treatment Plant
Washington, D.C.
•Bird's Mill Pumping Station
Bracebridge, ON, Canada
•City of Fredericton Water Treatment Plant
Fredericton, NB, Canada
•George's Pond Reservoir
Newfoundland, Canada
•Dam & Reservoir #4|
Lexington, Kentucky
•Third Street Pump Station
Stillwater, Minnesota

•Petrolia Water Works
Brights Grove, ON, Canada
•Water St. Pumphouse & Dam
Petersborough, ON, Canada
•Branch Street Pump Station
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
•Highfield Pump Station
Moncton, NB, Canada
•Robbie Street Reservoir
Halifax, NS, Canada
•Hillsborough River Water Treatment Plant
Tampa, Florida
•Island Filtration Plant
Toronto, ON, Canada
•Long Island Water Corp. Main Plant #5
Hewlett, New York

•Lily Lake Reservoir
Saint John, NB, Canada
•Danville Standpipe
Danville, Indiana
•St. Marys Water Tower
St. Marys, ON, Canada
•McNeil Street Pumping Station
Shreveport, Louisiana
•The Pumphouse
Indianapolis, Indiana
•Havana Water Tower
Havana, Illinois

•Rosehill Reservoir
Toronto, ON, Canada
•Highland Park Tower
St. Paul, Minnesota
•Burlington City Reservoir & Pump House
Burlington, Vermont
•Plaza Well
St. Augustine, Florida
•Walnut Hill Reservoir
Omaha, Nebraska
•Echo Bridge
Newton, Massachusetts
•Turtle Creek Pump Station
Dallas, Texas
•Fleet Street Pumping Station
Ottawa, ON, Canada
•John Street Pumping Station
Toronto, ON, Canada
•Smithsburg Reservoir
Washington County, Maryland
•Kalihi Pumping Station
Honolulu, Hawaii
•Main Station Pump House #1
Peoria, Illinois
•Lewiston Water Treatment Plant
Lewiston, Idaho
•Mountain Dell Dam
Salt Lake City, Utah
•Great Sandy Bottom Pump Station
Pembroke, Massachusetts
•Lithia Water Fountain
Ashland, Oregon
•City of Port Arthur Water Treatment Plant
Port Arthur, Texas

•Mission Creek Dam & Reservoir
Santa Barbara, California
•Lake Whitney Dam
Hamden, Connecticut
•No. 2 Water Pumping Station
Calgary, AB, Canada
•Monroe Filtration Plant
Grand Rapids, Michigan
•Chain of Rocks Plant-Intakes 1 & 2
St. Louis, Missouri
•Flint Lake Water Treatment Plant
Valparaiso, Indiana
•Bangor Standpipe on Thomas Hill
Bangor, Maine

•Roger Williams Spring
Providence, Rhode Island
•Ella Street Pumping Station
Tiffin, Ohio
•No. 1 Pumping Station
Louisville, Kentucky
•Tower Hill Water Tower
Lawrence, Massachusetts
•Kassler Water Treatment Plant
Denver, Colorado
•Coquitlam Lake Intake Tower
Vancouver, BC, Canada

•Sunset Hill Water Tower
Ossining, New York
•Augusta Water Works Pumping Station
Augusta, Georgia
•Manchester Low Service Pumping Station
Manchester, New Hampshire
•Grand Avenue Water Tower
St. Louis, Missouri

•Woodland Reservoir
Syracuse, New York
•Malpeque Road Water Pump Station
Charlottetown, PEI, Canada
•Fairmount Water Works
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
•The Acequias of San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas
•Huntsville Big Spring
Huntsville, Alabama
•Moores Bridges Filter Bldg.
Norfolk, Virginia
•Cahaba Pumping Station
Birmingham, Alabama
•Bissel Street Water Tower
St. Louis, Missouri
•Grassy Sprain Reservoir & Tuckahoe Road Pump Station
Yonkers, New York

•Virginia & Gold Hill Water Co.
•Marlette Lake Water System
Virginia City, Nevada
•Walter E. Peele Dixie Water Plant
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
•Coldwater Spring
Anniston, Alabama
•Tomhannock Reservoir & Dam
Troy, New York
•Kalamazoo Water Tower
Kalamazoo, Michigan
•Old Mission San Buenaventura
Filtration Building
Ventura, California
•Big Bear Lake Dams
San Bernadino, California
•Compton Hill Tower
St. Louis, Missouri
•Ashokan Reservoir
Ulster County, New York
•No. 1 Pumping Station
Veradale, Washington

•Bremen Water Tower
Bremen, Indiana
•Slow Sand Filter Beds
Ilion, New York
•Waldo Water Tower
Kansas City, Missouri

•Georgetown Reservoir Castle Gatehouse
Washington, DC
•Jones Beach State Park Water Tower
Jones Beach, New York
•Chabot Dam and Lake Chabot
San Leandro, California
•Ypsilanti Water Tower
Ypsilanti, Michigan

•Water Supply & Sewerage Systems
Dawson, Yukon Territory, Canada
•Kingston Water Dept. Filter Plant
New York
•The Big Well
Greensburg, Kansas
•Lawson Tower
Scituate, Massachusetts

•Big Hole Pump Station Pump No. 2
Butte, Montana
•Fresno Water Tower
Fresno, California
•Cabin John Bridge
Cabin John, Maryland
•Druid Lake Dam
Baltimore, Maryland

•Bethlehem 1769 Waterworks
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
•Eighth Avenue South Reservoir
Nashville, Tennessee
•Indiana Central Canal
Indianapolis, Indiana
•Eden Park Water Tower
Cincinnati, Ohio
•Filtration Plant
Elmira, New York

•Aqueduct Cascades
Los Angeles, California
•Standpipe Water Tower
Louisville, Kentucky
•Gary-Hobart Water Tower
Gary, Indiana
•Water Tower
Riverside, Illinois

•Chicago Water Tower
Chicago, Illinois
•North Point Water Tower
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
•Theodore Roosevelt Dam
Phoenix, Arizona
•Old Mission Dam and Flume
San Diego, California
•High Bridge Water Tower
New York, New York