About the Prize


The United States Water Prize is a celebration of sustainable solutions that advance holistic, watershed-based approaches to water quality and quantity challenges.

The United States Water Prize is sponsored and administered by the U.S. Water Alliance. Founded in 2008, the U.S. Water Alliance is the only organization with the charter and mission of bringing together a diverse array of interests to create integrated, holistic water policies for America. The Alliance is dedicated to working with individuals, organizations and entities throughout the country, both public and private, to speak with one voice to forge a new vision for a sustainable water future.

There are a variety of daunting challenges facing the nation’s water supply including climate change, increasingly frequent droughts and floods, population growth, environmental protection, urban sprawl, deteriorating infrastructure, and demand from energy production, agriculture and manufacturing.

The Alliance is working to address these daunting issues and change the water paradigm so that water is viewed, valued, and managed as one resource. To that end, the Alliance created the United States Water Prize to encourage and celebrate individuals and institutions that develop projects or programs that are innovative and advance water sustainability.

Number of Awardees

The Alliance will award up to five Prizes each year. The Alliance strives to ensure each class of winners is diverse, taking into account geography, sector, and size.

 Frequency of the Award Program

The Prizes are awarded annually. The nomination cycle for the 2015 U.S. Water Prize will be open from May 2014 to December 2014. The award ceremony will take place in April 2014.

 Awarding Ceremony

Prize Winners will receive a hand-crafted, commemorative award at the inaugural U.S. Water Prize ceremony in Washington, D.C. on April 13, 2015, honoring their valuable accomplishments.

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