Water Environment Services honored as a “Utility of the Future Today”


From: Edward Nieto, Clackamas County Water Environment Services, 503-742-4561

Media and Interested Parties

Water Environment Services (WES) has been honored as a “Utility of the Future Today” which recognizes “forward-thinking, innovative water utilities that provide resilient value-added services to communities, particularly in community engagement, watershed stewardship and recovery of resources such as water, energy and nutrients.”

The Utility of the Future (UOTF) Program was launched in 2016 by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, the Water Environment Federation, the Water Research Foundation, and the WateReuse Association along with input from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The UTOF concept reflects an industry trend as the country’s water systems transform their operations through innovation and technology while serving as a model for other utilities to achieve more efficient operations, enhanced productivity and long-term sustainability.

“To be recognized as a Utility of the Future is especially rewarding as it accurately reflects our long-term commitment to the diverse communities we serve, our shared environment and the local economy,” said WES Director Greg Geist. 

“WES is a premier utility richly deserving of this honor as they provide reliable and affordable state-of-the-art services every day of the year to more than 165,000 customers in Clackamas County,” said County Chair Jim Bernard.

The award will be presented to WES at the Water Environment Federation Conference in New Orleans on Oct. 2.

For more information, members of the media and public may contact Community Relations Specialist Edward Nieto at enieto@clackamas.us or 503-742-4561.