Purpose of the award: To recognize organizations in Illinois who have
developed and are implementing exemplary source water protection programs.
The award: The ISAWWA Source Water Protection Program Award
Frequency of the award: Yearly, up to three awards, with the intent to
distribute to organizations representing different water system size
classifications based on the population
Eligibility: Any organization or drinking water system that
performs source water protection for drinking water supplies in North America
is eligible to apply for the award. The drinking water supply sources
must be associated with a water system or authority that is regulated by a
federal/state/province/tribe government agency. The award applies to
systems using surface water and/or groundwater as their source.
Selection criteria for the award: Source
water protection is a highly site-specific process that reflects the inherent
diversity of natural waters and the areas from which they are derived.
Consequently, successful source water protection programs may vary widely in their
details; but it is a premise of this standard that successful programs share
several fundamental elements. These elements form the basis of the source
water protection standard. Within this generalized framework, individual
utilities may establish and maintain source water protection programs that
account for their unique local conditions, incorporate the interests of local
stakeholders, and reflect sustainable long-term commitments to the process by
the source water protection program should include each of the following six
(6) components:: (1) a source water protection program vision; (2)
source water characterization; (3) source water protection goals;
(4) source water protection action plan; (5) implementation of
the action plan; and (6) periodic evaluation and revision of the entire
program. Although each of the six primary elements may differ greatly in
their complexity or effort, they are each vital to the success of the
program. Accordingly, basic success in each area should be demonstrated
in order for a utility to obtain recognition in the area of source water
addition to how well a source water protection program satisfies each of the
six (6) program components outlined above, the award will also be based on the
following three criteria: (1) the effectiveness of the program; (2) the
innovativeness of the program approach; and (3) the difficulties overcome by
the organization in satisfying the eligibility criteria.
determining award the award winner(s), consideration may be given to the
resources available to the organization for the development and implementation
of a source water protection program when judging the programs of organizations
of difference sizes (within a specific size category).
Application requirements: Submission of award form below, with any
Application deadline: The deadline for receipt of all entry materials is January 31 of the given year. Applications will be kept active and considered for
three years after submission. If desired, applicants may provide updates
to their application by the deadline for the second and third years of
Selection: The Awardee will be selected by the Illinois Section
AWWA Source Water Protection Committee and presented at WATERCON in March. Winner of the Section Award will be
encouraged to submit application to AWWA for the National Source Water
Please fill out the application below to the best of your ability.