WEF George W. Burke Award


This award was established in 1982 in honor of George W. Burke, Jr., for his many years of service to both the water environment field and the Federation as staff manager of technical services. Mr. Burke was instrumental in developing the Federation's annual safety survey and assisting in the production of several safety training aids and promotional packets. The purpose of this award is to encourage an active and effective safety program in municipal and industrial wastewater facilities.

The award consists of a plaque suitably inscribed with the recipient's name and presented by a Federation representative at the Member Association Annual Meeting.


  • The documented and illustrated safety program and safety record of the facility for the preceding calendar year are the primary criteria for the award. 
  • Additionally, each Member Association is allowed full freedom to establish its own criteria. 
  • The size of the membership dictates the frequency with which Member Associations are eligible to make nominations for the award. 

RMWEA George W. Burke Award Recipients

1986 Public Service Company of  New Mexico Wastewater Operations Division 1987 City of Colorado Springs Dept. of Utilities Wastewater Division
 1989Littleton / Englewood WWTP 1990  Crow Creek and Dry Creek WWTP Cheyenne Public Utilities
 1991 City of Loveland, CO WWTP 1992 City of Arvada, CO Wastewater Treatment Division
 1993 Village of Los Lunas, New Mexico 1994 Metro Wastewater Reclamation District Denver, CO
 1995 Breckenridge Water and Sanitation District 1996 Eagle River Water and Sanitation District Vail, CO
 1997 City of Boulder 75th St. WWTP1998  Silverthorn/Dillon Joint Authority
1999 Dove Creek WWTP, Dove Creek, Colorado2000 Plum Creek WWTP
2002 OMI, Inc,Taos, New Mexico2006 South Adams County Water & Sanitation District
Williams Monaco Wastewater Treatment Plant
2007 Colorado Springs Utilities2008 Town of Erie Colorado
2009 Eagle River Water and Sanitation Distric2010 Drake Water Reclamation Facility, Ft Collins, CO
2011 Clifton Sanitation District2013 Estes Park Sanitation District
2014 Littleton / Englewood WWTP2015 MillerCoors Brewery RRF’s GWTP and PWTP
2016  Las Campanas Water and Sewer Cooperative2017 Clifton Sanitation District
2018  Metro Wastewater Reclamation District, Northern Treatment Plant2019 Sand Creek Water Reuse Facility