Congratulations to our corporate partner, CH2M, which last month was declared the winner of the 2015 Stockholm Industry Water Award. The Stockholm Industry Water Award (SIWA) was established in 2000 to stimulate and celebrate outstanding and transformative water achievements by companies in improving production, managing risks, finding solutions and contributing to wise water management. The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) were partners in establishing the award, which is also supported by International Water Association (IWA) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
CH2M has invented, implemented and refined methods for cleaning used water back to drinking water quality. But, since this water is only valuable if people actually use it, the firm has put significant and successful effort into building public understanding and acceptance. They pioneered the application of social science research to better understand the underlying reasons for why people reject the notion of reuse and what might be done to change that mindset. This research, combined with demonstrations, education and transparency has dispelled myths around use of treated wastewater and paved the way for a surge in interest in and acceptance of potable reuse.
Matthew Marko in CH2M’s Syracuse office commented that “We’re honored to have received this prestigious international award. We are bringing that level of knowledge and professionalism to our work in Central New York.”
Partnerships with globally recognized organizations such as CH2M help make C-OFOKLA stronger in its advocacy for our watersheds. Read more about CH2M’s award at the SIWI site.