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

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

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)

Excellence in Management Award 2017 - 2020 Platinum (2017)

Water Resources Utility of the Future Today (2017 and 2016)

Peak Performance Awards (2017)
Our major treatment plants received the following awards in recognition of their outstanding permit compliance status: Army Base Plant—Silver, Atlantic—Gold, Boat Harbor—Platinum (16 consecutive years), Chesapeake-Elizabeth—Silver, James River—Gold, Nansemond—Platinum (16 consecutive years), Virginia Initiative Plant—Platinum (22 consecutive years), Williamsburg—Platinum (23 consecutive years) and York River—Platinum (10 consecutive years). Treatment plants in the Small Communities Division earned the following honors: Central Middlesex—Silver, King William—Silver, Urbanna—Silver and West Point—Gold.

Public Information & Education National Environmental Achievement Award for the Education Program H2w0w: Wonders of Water (2016)

Operations & Environmental Performance National Environmental Achievement Award for HRSD Nutrient Removal Program: Advancement Through Management of Sidestream Loads initiative (2015)

Research & Technology National Environmental Achievement Award for the joint initiative with DC Water, Mainstream Deammonification. A New "Blue Print" for Cost Effective, Sustainable Nutrient Removal (2015)

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

Sustained Distinguished Performance Model Award - Model Level River Star Business (2018)
Inside Business River Star Hall of Fame Award (2016)
Living Lafayette Award (2014)

Engineering News-Record (ENR)

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

Fiscal Year 2017 Awards Received by HRSD Staff

VWEA 5-S Society: Shawn Heselton, Chief of South Shore Interceptor Systems
VWEA Enslow-Hedgepeth Award: Dr. Charles Bott, Director of Water Technology and Research
VWEA William D. Hatfield Award: Brian McNamara, Army Base Treatment Plant Manager
VWEA Young Professional of the Year: Ryan Radspinner, Hydraulics Analysis Manager
WaterJAM Technical Program Commitment Award: Gary Hart, Chief of South Shore Design & Construction
WEF Collections Systems Award: Phil Hubbard, Special Assistant for Compliance Assurance
WEF Fellow: Dr. Charles Bott, Director of Water Technology and Research
WEF Outstanding Young Water Environment Professional Award: Lauren Zuravnsky, Project Manager

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

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

International Water Association

Project Innovation Honour Award for Applied Research presented to HSRD and its project partners for: Unlocking the Mysteries of Mainstream Deammonification — A Paradigm Shift for the Wastewater Industry (2014)

United Way of South Hampton Roads

Campaign Bronze Trail Blazer Award (7 consecutive years)

United Way of the Virginia Peninsula

Certificate of Appreciation (2017)

US Green Building Council

Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification for HRSD's South Shore Operations Center (2014)

Virginia Water Environment Association (VWEA)

George W. Burke, Jr. Safety Award presented to Chesapeake-Elizabeth Treatment Plant (2014)

Virginia Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA)

Public Information Award, Community Relations for the SWIFT Community Education and Outreach (2017)

Courageous Service Award presented to a North Shore Interceptor Operations Team (2014)

Water Environment Federation (WEF)

Water Resources Utility of the Future Today (2016)
Operations Challenge Competition 2014 - Division 2: First Place (Overall)

Awards History Highlights