WASHINGTON — The awardees of the 2014 U.S. Water Prize were announced at the California Irrigation Institute conference in Sacramento this week, according to a press release.

The winners are: Alliance for Water Efficiency, Chicago, Ill.; American Water, Voorhees, N.J.; Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati, Ohio; and Orange County Water District and Sanitation District, Calif.

"America's future looks bright blue with these shining water stars," said Ben Grumbles, president of the U.S. Water Alliance.  "Our 2014 winners are leading the way by reducing water waste, reusing water resources and rethinking watershed strategies and technologies."

"These winners offer approaches that will build resiliency in the face of challenges like the California drought and other climate change impacts," said Grumbles.

Winners of the U.S. Water Prize, initiated four years ago by the U.S. Water Alliance to elevate those organizations with strategies that promote the value of water and the power of innovating and integrating for one water sustainability, will be honored in an awards ceremony on April 7 at National Geographic headquarters in Washington.