Liquid Waste Services gets Utility of the Future Today designationLiquid Waste Services gets Utility of the Future Today designation<div class="ExternalClass9FD6FE5AACBC49D1BEF103E54234BEB1"><p>Metro Vancouver’s Liquid Waste Services was among 61 public and private utilities from across the U.S., Canada, and Denmark that received the <em>Utility of the Future Today</em> recognition during a <em>Utility Leaders Morning</em> session held September 27 during the Water Environment Federation’s Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) in New Orleans. Nearly 25,000 water professionals from around the world gathered at North America’s largest water quality technology and education event, focused on the theme: <em>Creating the Future of Water</em>. </p><p>The <em>Utility of the Future Today</em> program was launched earlier this year by Water Environment Federation (WEF), Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF), National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), with support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and guides utilities of all sizes toward smarter, more efficient operations and assists with a progression to full resource recovery with enhanced productivity, sustainability and resiliency. The recognition celebrates wastewater utilities demonstrating progress in innovative and sustainable utility management practices as well as supporting an organizational culture of innovative business practices. The selection committee comprising of leaders from peer utilities determined recipients based upon their activities promoting <em>Utility of the Future Today</em> principles and embracing the ‘Organizational Culture of the Future.’ The recognition ceremony was hosted by:</p><ul><li>Dr. Eileen O’Neill, Executive Director, WEF;</li><li>Mr. Adam Krantz, Chief Executive Officer, NACWA; and</li><li>Ms. Melissa Meeker, Chief Executive Officer, WE&RF.</li></ul><p>“We are excited about this new opportunity to recognize the achievements of small, medium and large forward-thinking utilities that are providing sustainable, efficient, and value-added service to communities nationwide,” says WEF Executive Director Dr. Eileen O’Neill.</p><p>Metro Vancouver was recognized for activities and initiatives in five areas: organizational culture, beneficial use of biosolids, community partnering and engagement, energy efficiency; and energy generation and recovery.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue25-utilityofthefuture.jpg2016-10-31T07:00:00ZGP0|#3f3e419f-0fa5-4790-ac10-a80ab0188ba4;L0|#03f3e419f-0fa5-4790-ac10-a80ab0188ba4|Issue 25;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClassCADF2B66149C4E36A84069C8754F88F5"><p>​Kudos to Metro Vancouver's Liquid Waste Services for receiving this international designation celebrating wastewater utilities that demonstrate innovative and sustainable management practices. </p></div>0Metro Vancouver Director Tim Stevenson and Paul Kadota, Program Manager, Utility Research and Innovation, Liquid Waste Services