Deadline: April 15, 2019, 8:00pm EDT
Awarded on an annual basis, the US Water Prize celebrates outstanding achievement in the advancement of sustainable, integrated, and inclusive solutions to our nation's water challenges. It is the preeminent national recognition program for exemplary efforts to secure a sustainable water future for all.
Each year the US Water Alliance awards the US Water Prize to three organizations (public sector, private sector, nonprofit) and one cross-sector partnership or coalition leading the way with creative One Water solutions.
Winners of US Water Prize 2019 will be announced and recognized during the annual awards ceremony on September 18 at One Water Summit 2019 in Austin, Texas. Nominations are due April 15 and winners will be chosen by an independent review panel of water experts. Alliance members and non-members are both eligible to apply.
The award is open to public, private, and nonprofit 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:
- 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.
- Partnership Focus: Demonstrates collaboration across sectors and between stakeholders to advance sustainable solutions.
- Innovation: Involves technologies, management practices, creative thinking, regulatory strategies, and/or financing strategies that are changing the water paradigm.
- 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.
- Results: Exhibits clear, measurable impact that is leading to a more sustainable approach to water resource management in America.