Organizational Award Nomination Form

Deadline: March 8th, 8:00pm EST 

The US Water Prize, awarded annually by the US Water Alliance, celebrates outstanding achievement in advancing sustainable, integrated, and inclusive solutions to our nation’s water challenges. It is the pre-eminent national recognition program for exemplary efforts to secure a sustainable water future for all.

Each year the US Water Alliance proudly awards the US Water Prize to three organizations (public sector, private sector, non-profit) and one cross-sector partnership or coalition leading the way with creative One Water solutions.

The honorees will be celebrated and recognized with top leaders across the water sector and beyond at the US Water Prize ceremony on July 10th, 2018. The US Water Prize ceremony kicks off the One Water Summit, which runs from July 10-12 in the Twin Cities.


Selection Criteria

The award is open to public, private, and non-profit organizations, as well as cross-sector partnerships and coalitions, that are driving a paradigm shift in how we view, value, and manage water in America.  This can include public and private water utilities, businesses, agricultural organizations, environmental organizations, community-based organizations, research institutions, and others. The US Water Alliance strives to ensure each class of winners is diverse, taking into account geography, sector, and size. Four awards will be given in the following categories: public sector, private sector, non-profit, and cross-sector partnership or coalition. 

US Water Prize applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  1. Integration: Works in an integrated manner across sectors and disciplines. Focuses on achieving multiple benefits—economic, social, environmental—through water management. Demonstrates progress in moving towards watershed scale approaches.
  2. Partnership Focus: Demonstrates collaboration across sectors and between stakeholders to advance sustainable solutions.
  3. Innovation: Involves technologies, management practices, creative thinking, regulatory strategies, and/or financing strategies that are changing the water paradigm.
  4. Education: Provides motivation and insight to help people view, value, and manage water more holistically and sustainably. The educational component can be informal or formal.
  5. Results: Exhibits clear, measurable impact that is leading to a more sustainable approach to water resource management in America.


If you have questions or issues with the online submission process, please contact Suzi Warren at, or 202-789-7751.
View a PDF of the application form here.

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