Orange County Sanitation District Honored for Exceptional Performance in the Treatment and Recovery of Wastewater

The Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD) was honored by several national water sector organizations through the Utility of the Future Recognition Program (UOTF). This program highlights the progress and exceptional performance of wastewater utilities. The recognition program is a collaborative effort that includes the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, the Water Environment Federation, the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation, the WateReuse Association with input from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Sixty-one public and private utilities from across the U.S., Canada, and Europe were selected for recognition based upon the adoption of UOTF principles (water reuse, watershed stewardship, beneficial biosolids reuse, community partnering & engagement, energy efficiency, energy generation & recovery, and nutrient & materials recovery) as the “Organizational Culture of the Future”.

“We are honored that our Board of Directors and staff are being recognized for the work that we do to protect the public health and the environment. The Orange County Sanitation District is able to collect and treat more than 185 million gallons of wastewater per day, recycling more than half of that total. Most people are unaware of the amazing facility that our agency operates to generate renewable power, soil amendments and clean water,” stated John Nielsen, OCSD Chair “We are progressively moving closer to our goal of 100 percent recycling,” he added.

To learn more about the Utility of the Future Today Recognition Program, visit

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