HRSD has been recognized as an industry leader at the national, state, and local levels. Recent awards include:


Governor's Environmental Excellence Award

Gold Medal Award for Sustainable Water Initiative for Tomorrow (SWIFT) Research Center (2019)

U.S. Water Alliance

U.S. Water Prize for Sustainable Water Initiative for Tomorrow (SWIFT) (2018)

National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA)--Formerly AMSA

Peak Performance Awards (2018)
Our major treatment plants received the following awards in recognition of their outstanding permit compliance status: Army Base Plant—Gold, Atlantic—Gold, Boat Harbor—Platinum (17 consecutive years), Chesapeake-Elizabeth—Gold, James River—Platinum (5 consecutive years), Nansemond—Platinum (17 consecutive years), Virginia Initiative Plant—Platinum (23 consecutive years), Williamsburg—Platinum (24 consecutive years) and York River—Platinum (11 consecutive years). Treatment plants in the Small Communities Division earned the following honors: Central Middlesex—Silver, King William—Silver, Lawnes Point—Gold, Surry County—Gold, Urbanna—Silver and West Point—Silver.

National Environmental Achievement Award, Local Public Service to Dr. Vishnu Lakdawala (2018)

National Environmental Achievement Award, Distinguished Service to Dr. Jim Pletl (2018)

National Environmental Achievement Award, Public Information and Education for HRSD E-media environmental education partnership with WHRO (2018)

National Environmental Achievement Award, Operations and Environmental Performance for the SWIFT Research Center (2018)

National Environmental Achievement Award, Workforce Development for HRSD partnership with the Hampton Roads Public Works Academy (2018)

National Environmental Achievement Award, Research and Technology for Williamsburg Aeration Tank Modifications (2018)

National Achievement Award, Workforce Development Award for HRSD Apprentice Program (2018)

National Achievement Award, Operations & Environmental Performance Award for HRSD Pump Station Architectural Guidelines (2018)

American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)

National Award for the HRSD Norchester Pump Station designed by Gannett Fleming (2018)

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Government Civil Engineer of the Year to Ted Henifin for extraordinary contributions and facilitation of adoption of adaptive regional model for wet weather capacity management and implementation of SWIFT (2018)

Elizabeth River Project

Eastern Branch Award (2019)

Sustained Distinguished Performance Model Award - Model Level River Star Business (2019)

Sustained Distinguished Performance Model Award - Model Level River Star Business (2018)

Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP)

Frederick George Pohland Medal to Dr. Charles Bott (2018)

Engineering News-Record (ENR)

ENR MidAtlantic Best Water/Environment Project and Award of Merit for Excellence in Safety for the SWIFT Research Center (2018)

Government Financial Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA)

Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting (33 consecutive years)

United Way of South Hampton Roads

Campaign Bronze Trail Blazer Award (8 consecutive years)

United Way of the Virginia Peninsula

Community Builder Award (2018)

Virginia Beach City Public Schools Office of Community Engagement

Partners in Education Award (2018)

Virginia Tech Via Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Academy of Distinguished Alumni: Dr. Charles Bott (2018)

Awards History Highlights