CSWEA George W. Burke, Jr. Facility Safety Award

Award Description

Given in recognition of active and effective safety programs in municipal and industrial wastewater treatment facilities. Established in 1983.

Recognizes a wastewater treatment facility based on the documented and illustrated safety program and safety record of the facility for the preceding calendar year.

Burke Sub-Committee Chair: Randy Wirtz

For Information, Contact:

Amy Haque
Phone: 855-692-7932

Past Recipients


2017 – New Water, Green Bay, WI
2016 – Glenbard Wastewater Authority
2015 – Western Lake Superior SD
2014 – Veolia Water Milwaukee
2013 – Not Awarded
2012 – Metropolitan Council Environmental Services-East Business Unit
2011 – Not Awarded
2010 – Glenbard Wastewater Authority
2009 – Western Lake Superior Sanitary District
2008 – City of Crystal Lake, IL WWT Division
2007 – North Shore Sanitary District
2006 – Not Awarded
2005 – City of Naperville, IL Springbrook WWT Facility Naperville, IL
2004 – Glenbard Wastewater Agency, IL
2003 – City of Elmhurst Elmhurst IL
2002 – Heart of the Valley Sanitary District Kaukauna WI
2001 – North Shore Sanitary District Gurnee IL
2000 – Beloit Wastewater Treatment Plant Beloit, WI
1999 – Gold’n Plump Poultry Cold Spring, MN
1997 – Rochester Water Reclamation Plant Rochester, MN
1996 – Fox River Water Pollution Control Center Brookfield, WI
1995 – Sheboygan Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Sheboygan, WI
1994 – Janesville Water and Wastewater Utili Janesville, WI
1993 – Glenbard Wastewater Utility Glenbard, IL
1992 – Metropolitan Waste Central Commission, East Area Plants St. Paul, MN
1991 – Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District Madison, WI
1990 – Kankakee Metropolitan Wastewater Utility Kankakee, IL
1989 – Village of Addison Addison, IL
1988 – Urbana and Champaign Sanitary District Urbana, IL
1987 – North Shore Sanitary District Gurnee, IL
1986 – Green Bay Metropolitan Sewage District Green Bay, WI
1985 – Metropolitan Waste Control Commission St. Paul, MN
1983 – Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District Jones Island Plant Milwaukee, WI


Award Criteria

  1. The Burke Award is made annually by WEF to a municipal or industrial wastewater facility for promoting an active and effective safety program.
  2. The State Section Safety Committees shall be responsible for soliciting and accepting nominations and selecting no more than one facility from each state as nominees for the George W. Burke Award.
  3. To be eligible for this award, at least one employee of the facility must have Association member status, unless otherwise specifically approved by the Executive Committee.
  4. Nomination documentation shall include a narrative of the facility safety program and a summary of safety data prepared in a format suggested by WEF. Nominees shall submit eight copies of their documentation which shall be limited to six pages with two letters of recommendation for a total of no more than eight pages.
  5. Nominations shall be submitted to the Chair of the State Section Safety Committee before November 1st of each year.
  6. The State Section Safety Committees shall be responsible for accepting nominations and shall select no more than one facility from each State Section and submit these candidates to the General Awards Committee before December 1st of each year. A General Awards Committee recommendation will be submitted for the approval of the Association Executive Committee in advance of the annual meeting.
  7. Following approval by the Association Executive Committee, the Executive Director shall forward the recommendation to WEF for approval by the WEF House of Delegates.
  8. The award will be presented to the facility at the Association Annual Meeting following WEF House of Delegates approval.


Mission Statement

To provide a Water Environment Federation (WEF) organization (Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin) offering multiple opportunities for the exchange of water quality knowledge and experiences among its members and the public and to foster a greater awareness of water quality achievements and challenges.

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