News | October 28, 2020

NACWA Honors Peak Performance And Excellence In Management Award Winners In Virtual 50th Anniversary Commemoration

50 Years of Clean Water Achievement Report and Video Also Released During Ceremony

Today, the winners of the 2020 NACWA Peak Performance Awards and Excellence in Management Awards were honored in a digital ceremony that coincided with the National Association of Clean Water Agencies’ (NACWA) 50th Anniversary Commemoration. Originally scheduled to take place in Seattle, Washington at the site of NACWA’s founding, the coronavirus pandemic led to the awards and anniversary celebrations going digital for the first time in history, allowing for broader participation from members and utilities throughout the country.

Adam Krantz, Chief Executive Officer of NACWA, applauds this year’s recipients, noting:
Our public utility members are the backbone of the communities they serve, providing safe, reliable access to clean water services day-in and day-out. The Peak Performance Award and Excellence in Management Award ceremony is our chance to shine a national spotlight on those outstanding clean water utilities that have demonstrated operational excellence.

On behalf of NACWA’s Board of Directors, I extend my congratulations and gratitude to all this year’s award winners and I thank them for their service and their incredible compliance with increasingly rigid Clean Water Act standards. This year has seen unprecedented challenges in the wake of the pandemic, and the Peak Performance and Excellence in Management Award winners have more than risen to the occasion”

Also of note during this year’s 50th Anniversary Commemoration was the release of NACWA’s Fifty Years of Clean Water Achievement report, video and website. A comprehensive effort to quantify the amazing success and beneficial impacts of the public clean water sector over the last 50 years, this report includes case studies from numerous public clean water utilities to gauge the social, economic and environmental impacts NACWA’s members have had across the nation over the course of the past five decades. In addition to deep dives into the transformation of America’s public clean water utilities as a whole, individual utilities also had the chance to share their success stories from their own personal histories. The report was made publicly available during the 50th Anniversary Commemoration, but the project will continue digitally with NACWA continuing to encourage utilities to share their stories online.

To accompany the report, NACWA also released an animated educational video detailing the history of NACWA, how the evolution of NACWA has mirrored that of the Clean Water Act, and the resulting environmental and public health benefits. By sharing the remarkable story of community transformation in this format, NACWA intends to increase knowledge and appreciation of the public clean water sector in the communities they serve.

About the Excellence in Management Awards
The Excellence in Management Recognition Program was launched in 2003 to acknowledge the significant achievements of NACWA member agencies in the utility management arena. This program honors member agencies that are implementing management practices that address the range of challenges identified in the Ten Attributes of Effectively Managed Water Sector Utilities.

About the Peak Performance Awards
Platinum Awards
Platinum Awards recognize 100% compliance with permits over a consecutive five-year period. Facilities that maintain 100% compliance beyond the initial award are honored with Multi- Platinum Award status.

Gold Awards

Gold Awards are presented to facilities with no permit violations for the entire calendar year.

Silver Awards

Silver Awards are presented to facilities with no more than five violations per calendar year.

For nearly 50 years, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) has been the nation’s recognized leader in legislative, regulatory, legal and communications advocacy on the full spectrum of clean water issues. NACWA represents public wastewater and stormwater agencies of all sizes nationwide. Our unique and growing network strengthens the advocacy voice for the public clean water sector and helps advance policies to provide affordable and sustainable clean water for all. Our vision is to advance sustainable and responsible policy initiatives that help to shape a strong and sustainable clean water future. For more information, visit

Source: The National Association of Clean Water Agencies