Awards & Recognition



Local KY-TN WEA Awards


All award nominations are collected from February to April each year. 
Pictures will need to be submitted with your application.


Individual - Golden Manhole Award

Individual - S. Leary Jones Achievement Award

Individual - Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers (5S)


Utility - Beneficial Reuse of Effluent Water

Utility - Beneficial Use of Biosolids

Utility - Control Authority Pretreatment Excellence Award

Utility - Operational Excellence Award

Utility - Outstanding Overflow Abatement Project

Utility - Outstanding Watershed Management Project


Industry - Industrial Pretreatment Award

WEF Awards

Quarter Century Operators Club
The Quarter Century Operator Club recognizes operators of wastewater treatment facilities for their service and dedication in a difficult and dangerous profession. The Club was created under the sponsorship of Frank Woodbury Jones, who served as the Club's first registrar.

Note:  Applications must be signed and submitted by the individual applicant.

Hatfield Award
The Hatfield Award is presented to operators of wastewater treatment plants for outstanding performance and professionalism. Recipients are selected by the Member Association, and awards are presented by a WEF representative at the WEF Member Association meeting (KY/TN Water Professionals Conference).

Burke Award
The Burke Award recognizes a municipal or industrial wastewater facility for establishing and maintaining an active and effective safety program. Recipients are selected by the Member Association, and awards are presented by a WEF representative at the WEF Member Association meeting (KY/TN Water Professionals Conference).

Bedell Award
The Bedell Award was established to acknowledge extraordinary personal service to a WEF Member Association. Recipients are selected by the Member Association, and awards are presented by a WEF representative at the WEF Member Association meeting (KY/TN Water Professionals Conference).

Laboratory Analyst Award
The Laboratory Analyst Award recognizes individuals for outstanding performance, professionalism and contributions to the water quality analysis profession. Recipients are selected by the Member Association, and awards are presented by a WEF representative at the WEF Member Association meeting (KY/TN Water Professionals Conference).