The Board recognizes CWS at the November 5 Board MeetingClean Water Services was among 43 water utilities recognized by the Utility of the Future Today Recognition Program this year. The program celebrates the achievements of water utilities that transform from the traditional wastewater treatment system to a resource recovery center and leader in the overall sustainability and resilience of the communities they serve.
Utility of the Future Today was launched in 2016 by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), The Water Research Foundation (WRF) and the WateReuse Association, with input from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). CWS was recognized during that inaugural year of the program and in 2018.
This year, CWS was again recognized as a Utility of the Future Today for Watershed Stewardship. CWS incorporates integrated planning, transformative partnerships, adaptive management, strategic investment and community engagement. Recent examples of watershed stewardship initiatives include planting the 10 millionth plant through Tree for All, updating the Design and Construction Standards to address effects of hydromodification, developing a community college training program for landscapers who install and maintain green infrastructure, working with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other groups to develop a strategy to project water quality and wildlife habitat at Wapato Lake, and developing plans with the Bureau of Reclamation to improve dam safety and increase water supply at Hagg Lake.
Everything we do at Clean Water Services aims to protect public health, while enhancing the natural environment of the Tualatin River Watershed. Combining science and nature, we work in partnership with others to safeguard the river's health and vitality, ensure the economic success of our region, and protect public health for more than 600,000 people in urban Washington County.
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Clean Water Services