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U.S. Senate Productivity and Quality Award (SPQA) Program

Virginia SPQA Achievement Award 2018

Recognizes the Service Authority’s use of the national Malcolm Baldrige Excellence Framework to set rigorous quality standards for Performance Excellence and to cultivate continuous improvement at every level. 


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Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies

Sustainable Water Utility Management Award 2015

Recognizes member utilities with the highest level of commitment to sustainable management and environmental stewardship practices.


Platinum Award for Utility Excellence 2012

Recognizes utilities that exhibit a distinctive level of management expertise and expanded utility achievement.


Gold Award for Exceptional Utility Performance 2008

Recognizes large public drinking water systems that exhibit high levels of performance in the areas of product quality, customer satisfaction, employee and leadership development, operational optimization, financial viability, community sustainability, operational resiliency, infrastructure stability, stakeholder understanding and support, and water resource adequacy.


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National Association of Clean Water Agencies

Platinum 10 Peak Performance Award 2018

Presented to facilities with no permit violations for ten consecutive calendar years.


Platinum 9 Peak Performance Award 2017

Presented to facilities with no permit violations for nine consecutive calendar years.


Platinum8 Peak Performance Award 2016

Presented to facilities with no permit violations for eight consecutive calendar years.


Excellence in Management Award 2016

Recognizes outstanding dedication to the implementation of sustainable, successful programs that exemplify the attributes of an effectively managed utility.


Platinum7 Peak Performance Award 2015

Presented to facilities with no permit violations for seven consecutive calendar years.


Platinum6 Peak Performance Award 2014

Presented to facilities with no permit violations for six consecutive calendar years.


Platinum Peak Performance Award 2013

Presented to facilities with no permit violations for five consecutive calendar years.


Gold Peak Performance Award 2009-2012

Presented to wastewater treatment facilities with no permit violations for the entire calendar year.




Government Finance Officers Association Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting 1989-2019

This award is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.


Universities Council on Water Resources

Universities Council on Water Resources Education and Public Service Award 2017 

Presented to agencies that have made significant contributions to increased public awareness of water resources development, use, or management covering the natural, biological or social sciences.


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Community Partner of the Year 2017-18 

The Prince William County Schools Business Partnership of the Year Awards salute the top school-to-business partnerships each school year. The Service Authority was nominated by Penn Elementary School for the SA’s classroom and outreach initiatives.


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Prince William County Green Community Award 2017, 2016

Presented to organizations in Prince William County that make a dedicated effort to conserve, protect, restore and create a healthier environment.


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Excellence in Departmental Practice Award 2018

Recognition for successful implementation of the Cityworks Permits Land and Licensing (PLL) application.


Water Environment Federation   

Watershed Moments Photo Contest 2018

Recognized an outstanding image submitted by the Service Authority for Water Environment & Technology magazine’s fall 2018 contest featuring photos of when water professionals dig deep and get their hands dirty to ensure rivers, lakes, and oceans remain clear and safe to enjoy.



WEFTEC Ingenuity Award​ 2016

Recognizes innovative water professionals who used what they had on hand and ingenuity to creatively solve persistent challenges.



Virginia Municipal League Risk Management Award 2016

Awarded to governmental and quasi-governmental agencies in the Commonwealth of Virginia for performing an exemplary job in risk management and safety.


Virginia Municipal League Margaret A. Nichols Risk Management Leadership Award 2008​

Awarded to organizations for taking a proactive role in evaluating risk management and utilizing training materials provided by VML (H.L. Mooney Advanced Water Reclamation Facility).



Graphic Design USA American Web Design Award 2016

Awarded to websites that showcase the power of design to enhance online communications through web design, interactive design and UX design.



American Water Works Association Safety Award 2009

Recognizes distinguished safety programs at water utilities.


American Water Works Association Public Communications Achievement Award 2008

Recognizes water utilities that have made significant accomplishments in communication-educating the public, promoting awareness and understanding of water issues, establishing media relations, implementing community involvement programs, and inspiring others to model behavior with the public that builds trust and credibility.



American Water Works Association Virginia Section Public Information Award for Water Awareness & Education​ 2020

Given to a water utility that creates an effective program or campaign designed to raise awareness about drinking water quality and supply.


American Water Works Association Virginia Section Public Information Award for Social Media 2016​

Given to water utilities under 100,000 connections that most effectively use social media to engage external or internal audiences.


American Water Works Association Virginia Section Public Information Award for Outstanding Community Outreach 2015, 2010​

Given to the water utility that most effectively builds relationships with the public and area organizations such as schools, charities, clubs and activists in Virginia.


American Water Works Association Virginia Section Public Information Award for Best Newsletter 2015​​

Given to the water utility with the best customer newsletter in Virginia.



Web Marketing Association Non-Profit Standard of Excellence Award 2016, 2015

Recognizes non-profit and government websites with superior content, interactivity and ease of use that exceed industry averages.



VWEA George W. Burke, Jr. Facility Award for Safe Operations 2014, 2010, 2003​

Recognizes a municipal or industrial wastewater facility for establishing and maintaining excellence in an active and effective safety program (H.L. Mooney Advanced Water Reclamation Facility).


VWEA Safety Award 2012​

Recognizes the outstanding effort to improve the health and safety of the personnel at a facility and the safety record of the wastewater treatment industry in Virginia (H.L. Mooney Advanced Water Reclamation Facility).


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Design-Build Institute of America Design-Build Excellence Award for Water and Wastewater Utilities 2011

Awarded for design-build excellence for the H.L. Mooney Advanced Water Reclamation Facility Upgrade.



National Safety Council Operational Achievement Excellence Award 2009

Recognizes facilities that have minimal reported injuries and illnesses and have had no fatalities during a calendar year (H.L. Mooney Advanced Water Reclamation Facility).