Diversity Award

2017 Recipient

Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc., Fort Worth, Texas

Award Criteria


Purpose of the Award:  Recognize an individual, group, or organization that has created, promoted, and maintained diversity by establishing an environment that recognizes, encourages, and effectively utilizes each individual's talents.

AWWA recognizes the role of diversity as being essential to the growth, structure, and continued success of any organization. Diversity should be an inherent trait of any organization and is manifest in the mosaic of people who bring a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, values, and beliefs as assets to a group or organization in which they interact. The Diversity Award is not given to an individual, group, or organization on the basis of who they are, but because of their achievements and accomplishments.

The Award: A crystal award that reflects contributions to diversity for which it is given.

Frequency of the Award:  One award annually or as deserved at the discretion of the AWWA Diversity Award Committee.

Eligibility for the Award: An AWWA individual, group, or organizational member who has promoted or demonstrated excellence and leadership in most or all of the following areas:

a.Bringing a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, values and beliefs as assets to a group or organization with which they interact.

b. Establishing an environment that recognizes and encourages the effective use of each individual’s talents and other contributions to the cause of diversity.

c. Promotion and fostering of diversity programs such as mentoring, support networks, internship programs, co-op programs, work study, diversity training, or other opportunities.

d. Development of management accountability/tracking methods as means of quantifying the impact of the efforts to increase and maintain diversity.

Entry Requirements: AWWA entry form along with full name, address, and biographical information (for individuals) of each nominee, and a detailed yet concise description of how the nominee meets the eligibility criteria.

Nomination Procedure: A nomination for the award may be submitted by any AWWA member (individual or organization) or Section to American Water Works Association, Attn:  Executive Dept., 6666 W. Quincy Avenue, Denver, CO 80235 and will be transmitted to the Diversity Award Committee for consideration.  Current nominees may be reconsidered for one year.  Updates to the nomination for reconsideration may be requested by the committee.

Nomination Deadline: October 1

Award Committee Membership: The committee shall consist of the AWWA President, the Chair of the Diversity & Member Inclusion Committee, one Board member and two non-Board members of the Diversity & Member Inclusion Committee appointed by the Chair.

Method of Selecting Award Recipient: The Diversity Award Committee selects a candidate from the list of nominees for the award and submits the selected nominee to the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for approval at its winter meeting.

Presentation of the Award: The award will be presented at the Opening General Session of the American Water Works Association Annual Conference and Exposition.

Past Recipients


Minneapolis Water Treatment and Distribution Services Division
Minnesota Section


Dallas Water Utilities
Texas Section


Ronald K. Tamada, Texas Section
Las Vegas Valley Water District, CA/NV Section


Central Arkansas Water
Southwest Section


The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati


City of Seattle
Pacific - Northwest Section


City of Fort Worth Water Department
Texas Section

2007 - 2009

No award given


South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority
Connecticut Section


City of San Diego Water Authority
California - Nevada Section


Yasser M. AbouAish
Minnesota Section