Awards & Recognition

Nominations and submissions for 2020 are now closed. 

In light of the decision to postpone the in-person WPC20 conference, CWP-KT is working with the Joint Steering Committee to seek new ways to recognize and celebrate the innovative work of our CWP-KT members.

Local CWP-KT Awards

Contact Leanne Scott with questions.

Individual - Golden Manhole Award
Past Award Winners List

  • Purpose:
    • To recognize individuals who have dedicated their careers to the wastewater collection field
    • To recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions in the area of wastewater collection systems

Utility or Industry - Clean Water Technology Award 
Past Award Winners - Coming Soon!
Past Award Winners - Beneficial Use of Biosolids
Past Award Winners - Beneficial Reuse of Effluent

  • Purpose:
    • To recognize effective application of technology to improve water quality and/or create sustainable operations at a municipal or industrial water resource recovery facility within Kentucky or Tennessee

Utility - Control Authority Pretreatment Excellence Award
Past Award Winners List

  • Purpose:
    • To recognize excellent Pretreatment programs in Kentucky and Tennessee

Utility - Operational Excellence Award
Past Award Winners List 

  • Purpose:
    • To recognize POTW and industrial treatment facilities having no more than one violation of their NPDES permit

Utility - Outstanding Overflow Abatement Project Award
Past Award Winners List 

  • Purpose:
    • To recognize projects that improved water quality by controlling wet weather overflows through various means

Utility - Outstanding Watershed Management Project Award
Past Award Winners List 

  • Purpose:
    • To recognize projects that improved water quality by controlling non-point sources through various means

Industry - Industrial Pretreatment Award
Past Award Winners List 

  • Purpose:
    • To recognize industries for their outstanding performance in the pretreatment of industrial wastewater

Individual - S. Leary Jones Achievement
Past Award Winners List 

  • Established in 1990 as a special recognition of many years of dedicated service to the Clean Water Professionals of KY & TN (CWP-KT) and/or to the field of environmental engineering. It is looked upon as the CWP-KT Hall of Fame honor and named after its first recipient.

Individual - Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers (5S)
Past Award Winners List 

  • Selection is given to members of the association in recognition of outstanding, meritorious service beyond the call of duty to CWP-KT. Only 5-S members may nominate a candidate.

WEF Awards

Contact Valerie Lucas with questions.

Quarter Century Operators Club
The Quarter Century Operator Club recognizes operators of water resource recovery facilities for their service and dedication in a difficult and dangerous profession. The Club was created under the sponsorship of Frank Woodbury Jones, who served as the Club's first registrar.  Click here to learn more and apply.
Note:  Applications must be signed and submitted by the individual applicant.


Hatfield Award
The Hatfield Award is presented to operators of water resource recovery facilities for outstanding performance and professionalism. Recipients are selected by the Member Association, and awards are presented by a WEF representative at the WEF Member Association meeting (KY/TN Water Professionals Conference).


Burke Award
The Burke Award recognizes a municipal or industrial water resource recovery facility for establishing and maintaining an active and effective safety program. Recipients are selected by the Member Association, and awards are presented by a WEF representative at the WEF Member Association meeting (KY/TN Water Professionals Conference). 


Bedell Award
The Bedell Award was established to acknowledge extraordinary personal service to a WEF Member Association. Recipients are selected by the Member Association, and awards are presented by a WEF representative at the WEF Member Association meeting (KY/TN Water Professionals Conference).


Laboratory Analyst Award
The Laboratory Analyst Award recognizes individuals for outstanding performance, professionalism and contributions to the water quality analysis profession. Recipients are selected by the Member Association, and awards are presented by a WEF representative at the WEF Member Association meeting (KY/TN Water Professionals Conference).