Virginia American Water Receives Safety Award From American Water Works Association

Prince William District Awarded Wendell LaDue Utility Safety Award

ALEXANDRIA, V.A. (July 12, 2023) – Virginia American Water is proud to announce they have been awarded the American Water Works Association’s (AWWA) Wendell LaDue Utility Safety Award. The award was received during ACE 2023, AWWA’s annual conference and expo, held last month in Toronto, Canada.

The award was established in honor of Wendell R. LaDue, a lifelong water and wastewater employee and previous AWWA President. Each year, the award recognizes distinguished water utility safety programs throughout the United States and Canada.

“At Virginia American Water, safety is our first and foremost priority,” said Barry Suits, President of Virginia American Water. “Our Prince William water distribution and wastewater collection teams’ dedication to safety has been demonstrated through their stellar safety record and distinguished safety practices, resulting in 33 years without a time-lost accident or injury.”

You can read more about the Wendell LaDue Utility Safety Award here.

Virginia American Water’s Prince William district also received the distinction of receiving the AWWA Virginia Section’s 2022 Larry Gordon Safety Award and the Virginia Water Environment Association’s 2022 Facility Safety Award.

“I am extremely proud of the safety accomplishments of our Prince William district employees,” Suits continued. “From our field operations to our wastewater treatment plants, our employees have taken tremendous strides to create a safer workplace for all. Safety has been and will continue to be the top focus for us – for each employee, customer, and community we serve.”

American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the largest regulated water and wastewater utility company in the United States. With a history dating back to 1886, We Keep Life Flowing® by providing safe, clean, reliable and affordable drinking water and wastewater services to more than 14 million people with regulated operations in 14 states and on18 military installations. American Water’s 6,500 talented professionals leverage their significant expertise and the company’s national size and scale to achieve excellent outcomes for the benefit of customers, employees, investors and other stakeholders.

Virginia American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water services to approximately 350,000 people. For more information, visit and follow Virginia American Water on Twitter and Facebook.

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