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Jacobs Clients Recognized as 2020 Utility of The Future Today Winners

Jacobs teams, clients and partners among 65 utilities lauded for providing sustainable and innovative services to their communities

Congratulations to Jacobs’ Operations Management and Facilities Services (OMFS)’ teams, clients and partners – the City of West Melbourne, Florida; City of Berryville, Arkansas; City of Fayetteville, Arkansas; Lehigh County Authority in Allentown, Pennsylvania; City of San Marcos, Texas; Watercare Services Limited in Auckland, New Zealand; and Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation District in Tucson, Arizona – who are among 65 water utilities named 2020 Utility of the Future Today (UotFT) winners. The UotFT program recognizes innovation and forward-thinking by water-utility leaders in the spirit of our own pledge of ‘Challenging today. Reinventing tomorrow.’

The UotFT program was launched in 2016 as a joint initiative between the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, the Water Environment Federation, the Water Research Foundation and the WateReuse Association, with input from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The program recognizes water utilities for transformational work in community engagement, watershed stewardship and recovery resources such as water, energy and nutrients.

“Our projects and clients are at the forefront of transforming their operations and utilities through innovation and technology, taking our utilities into the future,” says Vice President of Global OMFS Steve Meininger. “The communities we serve can be assured their water and wastewater utilities deliver the best possible return in cost efficiency, public health and resiliency. I applaud our clients and teams on their creativity and dedication, and congratulate them for continuing to improve the quality of life in their communities.”

City of San Marcos team

This year’s program recognized Jacobs teams, clients and partners in the following categories:

  • Community Partnering and Engagement
    • Berryville Wastewater Treatment Plant
    • Fayetteville Utility Department
    • Lehigh County Authority Wastewater Pretreatment Plant
    • San Marcos Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Energy Generation and Recovery
    • Watercare Service Limited
  • Beneficial Biosolids Use
    • Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation District
  • Water Reuse
    • West Melbourne’s Ray Bullard Water Reclamation Facility

The City of Fayetteville is one of only two utilities to receive five consecutive UotFT recognitions in different areas of performance, while Pima County and Watercare Services were recognized for a second year in a row in a new area of performance.

The winners were recognized during a pre-recorded awards ceremony during WEFTEC Connect. For additional information on the UotFT program, visit the WEF website.

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