Public Information Awards
Be recognized for your outstanding public relations, education, and outreach efforts this year!  We are now accepting Public Information Award applications.
 
Any tactic may be considered in all categories.  Examples of tactics include media relations, the planning, and execution of events, curriculum development, websites, newsletters, print or online publications, social media, video, or other forms of traditional and multimedia.
 
Water Awareness & Education
Entries in this category must pertain to a program or campaign designed to raise awareness about drinking water quality and supply. Key target groups may include K-12 students or teachers, afterschool programs and camps, community organizations, local government, or the neighborhoods or metropolitan areas in which the organization operates.  

Each entry should include a description of the program or campaign, examples of the tactics employed in the campaign, and a description of the measurable impact of the campaign on the issue and the target audience.
 
Issues & Crisis Management
Entries in this category must pertain to a program or campaign designed to handle a crisis, unplanned, event, or major issue impacting the water quality or supply area in which the organization operates.  Examples include accidents or emergencies that dramatically impact water supply or quality, internal organizational events that impact the public, major construction projects, or natural disasters.
 
Each entry should include a description of the event, examples of tactics employed in addressing the event, and a description of the measurable impact of the organization’s response to the event.
 
Internal Communications
Entries in this category must pertain to a program that champions internal communications as a strategy to improve employee engagement (i.e. not just as a method of disseminating information).  Examples of entries include engaging training programs, interactive internal newsletters, or other creative internal communication strategies.
 
Each entry should include a description of an employee communications strategy that is engaging and inclusive of all employees, examples of the tactics employed in the program, and a description of the measurable impact these efforts have made in improving employee engagement and organizational success.
 
Social Media
Entries in this category must pertain to a program or campaign designed to raise awareness and knowledge about drinking water quality, supply, and/or utility employees using social media. Examples include social media campaign to promote drinking water quality awareness, series of short videos promoted on social media highlighting the work of utility employees, or a campaign highlighting the value of water.  These campaigns must be original to the utility.
Each entry should include a description of the social media campaign, examples of media posts, a description of the measurable impact of the organization’s campaign, and social media analytics.
 

Nomination Eligibility Requirements
Entries must be produced by an organization or person in good standing in the Virginia Section AWWA.  At least half of the entered program or project must have taken place during the 12 months prior, beginning July 1.

Nomination or Submission Deadline
Recommendation by a VA AWWA or VWEA member through the submission of a completed entry form and submitted below. Entry form submission must be received by June 30th for consideration.

Award Committee Membership
An independent reviewing committee shall serve as the Public Information Award judging committee.  The awardee will be forwarded to the VA AWWA Board of Trustees for approval.

Frequency
Annually, if deserved.

Presentation of the Award
The Award shall be presented at the Awards Luncheon during the VA AWWA Annual Meeting (WaterJAM).

 

To download a copy of the guidelines, click here.

 
 
 
  

Past Winners

 
Water Awareness & Education 
2020              Prince William County Service Authority
                       Lynchburg Water Resources
 
Community Relations Program
2017               HRSD
2015               Prince William County Service Authority
           
External Newsletter 
2017               Fairfax Water
2015               Prince William County Service Authority

Social Media
2018               City of Lynchburg
2017               Albemarle County
2016               0-25K Connections            City of Charlottesville
             25K – 100K Connections   Prince William County Service Authority                 
             Over 100K Connections    Chesterfield County       
2015               City of Waynesboro