Applications Sought for Utility of the Future Today Program

The application period is open for the Utility of the Future Today recognition (UotFT) program, which seeks to honor water resource recovery facilities for community engagement, watershed stewardship, and recovery of resources such as water, energy, and nutrients.

The UotFT utilities serve as anchor institutions in their communities, with a focus on people within the utility and the community. Diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives are encouraged in all aspects of utility operations.

The UotFT concept is being promoted as water systems transform operations through innovation and technology. The UotFT is a model for utilities of all sizes to achieve more-efficient operations, enhanced productivity, and long-term sustainability.

Since the program launched in 2016, 203 utilities have been recognized with the honor.

The UotFT activity areas focus on:

  • Community partnership and engagement
  • Energy efficiency
  • Energy generations and recovery
  • Nutrient and materials recovery
  • Water reuse
  • Watershed stewardship
  • Beneficial biosolids reuse

Public and private water sector utilities of all sizes that can demonstrate achievement of the application requirements are encouraged to apply by April 12.

Honorees will be notified during the summer and formally recognized during an awards ceremony at WEFTEC 2023, to be held in October in Chicago.

Since this concept was introduced in 2013, many utilities have successfully implemented new and creative programs to address local wastewater technical and community challenges.

 The recognition program is a partnership among the following:

  • National Association of Clean Water Agencies
  • Water Environment Federation
  • Water Research Foundation
  • WateReuse Association
  • S. Water Alliance

In addition, the program is supported by two advisory partners:

  • S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • S. Department of Energy

To learn more, including how to apply, visit or contact