Public Information Awards
Be recognized for your outstanding public relations, education, and outreach efforts this year!  We are now accepting Public Information Award applications.
 
Any tactic may be considered in all categories.  Examples of tactics include media relations, the planning, and execution of events, curriculum development, websites, newsletters, print or online publications, social media, video, or other forms of traditional and multimedia.
 
Water Awareness & Education
Any program or campaign designed to raise awareness about water, wastewater, and/or stormwater. Key target groups include K12, teachers, afterschool programs, community organizations, or neighborhoods.
 
Each entry should include a description of the program or campaign, examples of the tactics employed in the campaign, and a description of the measurable impact of the campaign on the issue and the target audience.
 
Issues & Crisis Management
Any program or campaign designed to handle a crisis situation, unplanned event, or major issue impacting water, wastewater, and/or stormwater.
 
Each entry should include a description of the event, examples of tactics employed in addressing the event, and a description of the measurable impact of the organization’s response to the event.
 
Internal Communications
Any program that champions internal communications as a strategy to improve employee engagement.

 

Each entry should include a description of an employee communications strategy that is engaging and inclusive of all employees, examples of the tactics employed in the program, and a description of the measurable impact these efforts have made in improving employee engagement and organizational success.

 
Social Media
Any social media campaign designed to raise awareness about water, wastewater, stormwater, and/or utility employees.
 
Each entry should include a description of the social media campaign, examples of media posts, a description of the measurable impact of the organization’s campaign, and social media analytics.
 

Nomination Eligibility Requirements
Entries must be produced by an organization or person in good standing in the Virginia Section AWWA.  At least half of the entered program or project must have taken place during the 12 months prior, beginning July 1.

Nomination or Submission Deadline
Recommendation by a VA AWWA or VWEA member through the submission of a completed entry form and submitted below. Entry form submission must be received by July 20th for consideration.

Award Committee Membership
An independent reviewing committee shall serve as the Public Information Award judging committee.  The awardee will be forwarded to the VA AWWA Board of Trustees for approval.

Frequency
Annually, if deserved.

Presentation of the Award
The Award shall be presented at the Awards Luncheon during the VA AWWA Annual Meeting (WaterJAM).

 

To download a copy of the guidelines, click here.

Past Winners

 
Water Awareness & Education 
2022              City of Charlottesville
2021              Lynchburg Water Resources
2020              Prince William County Service Authority
                       Lynchburg Water Resources
 
Issues & Crisis Management
2021               City of Richmond Stormwater Utility

Social Media
2022              City of Charlottesville
2021               City of Richmond Stormwater Utility
2018               City of Lynchburg
2017               Albemarle County
2016               0-25K Connections            City of Charlottesville
             25K – 100K Connections   Prince William County Service Authority                 
             Over 100K Connections    Chesterfield County       
2015               City of Waynesboro
 
Internal Communications
2021               Lynchburg Water Resources
 
Community Relations Program
2017               HRSD
2015               Prince William County Service Authority
           
External Newsletter 
2017               Fairfax Water
2015               Prince William County Service Authority