Michigan country honored with Utility of the Future award

The award was accepted on behalf of the organization by Environmental and Public Services Manager Brian Coburn at WEFTEC 2023 in Chicago.

The Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner’s office (WRC) in Waterford Township, Michigan, was one of the 2023 recipients of the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) Utility of the Future award.

This marks the third time in four years the organization has received this award, emphasizing its dedication to innovative water management and commitment to serving Oakland County, Michigan.

“We are deeply honored to be recognized by the Water Environment Federation for the third time,” said Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash. “Every year our office continues its growth, regional collaboration and community outreach. We are committed to environmental initiatives and a sustainable future.”

This year, the WRC was acknowledged for its endeavors in the Watershed Stewardship category, highlighting its RainSmart Rebates program and the George W. Khun Retention Treatment Basin facility landscape project. Both demonstrate forward-thinking approaches to climate resilience and green stormwater infrastructure.

The Utility of the Future Today program is a partnership of WEF, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Water Research Foundation (WRF), the WateReuse Association, and the U.S. Water Alliance. The program is supported by advisory partners, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Launched in 2016 and judged by a panel of experts made up of utility professionals, general managers, and water experts, the Utility of the Future Today program says its goal is to recognize water utilities that are reimagining community partnership and engagement, watershed stewardship, and recovery of resources such as water, energy and nutrients.

The award was accepted on behalf of the organization by Environmental and Public Services Manager Brian Coburn at the Water Environment Federation’s Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) in Chicago on Tuesday, October 3, 2023.

About the Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner’s Office

The Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner’s office is dedicated to protecting public health and safety, preserving natural resources and a healthy environment, maintaining reliable, high-quality service, ensuring the value of investment and contributing to economic prosperity. To learn more, visit www.oakgov.com/water.

Check out a complete list of the 2023 Utility of the Future Today award honorees.

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