The Water Utility Energy Challenge Team Celebrates the Dedication and Outstanding 

Accomplishments of Its Five Winning Utilities


The Great Lakes Protection Fund and American Water Works Association are thrilled to announce the winners of the inaugural Water Utility Energy Challenge (WUEC), an innovative program which engaged water operators in a competition to reduce the emissions sourced in their energy generation. The inaugural 2017-2018 competition, focused on the Great Lakes Basin, was aimed at connecting the utilities with new innovative software that reduces mercury and other emissions while reducing the utility’s operations and management costs.

The winners are:

Water Utility Emissions Champion, $20,000 Prize 
City of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, Michigan 

Water Utility Green Champion, $10,000 Prize
City of Bayfield, Bayfield, Wisconsin 

Best Pilot Project
Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA), Detroit, Michigan 

Technical Leader
City of Highland Park, Highland Park, Illinois 

Carbon Reduction Leader
Onandaga County Water Authority (OCWA), North Syracuse, New York


We are really excited with the breadth of the WUEC winners. They represent a wide range of communities, from small towns to large urban area, and epitomize the next generation of cutting edge water utilities. The winners proved that all utilities can use the cleanest energy to deliver safe drinking water to their customers and significantly reduce the associated emissions of lead, mercury, carbon and nitric oxide.” noted David LaFrance, AWWA CEO.

Read the full press release and see photographs of the awards ceremony


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