Each year, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) recognizes the efforts of Source Water Protection Programs that have developed and are implementing exemplary source water protection programs.

Yearly, through the Exemplary Source Water Protection award, AWWA issues up to three awards, with the intent to distribute to organizations representing different water system size classifications based on the population served. Organizations may self-nominate or be nominated by an AWWA member, regulatory agency responsible for source water protection, a local chapter of the National Rural Water Association, or regional authorities.


The deadline for receipt of all entry materials is January 15 of the given year. Applications will be kept active and considered for three years after submission. Below you will find a link with the specifics for the award. Both small and large systems are eligible and they can self-nominate. To submit or for more information, contact


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