NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — The Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) will honor 15 public drinking water systems with its top utility management awards on Oct. 20 in ceremonies at AMWA’s 2014 Executive Management Conference in Newport Beach, Calif, according to a press release.

Nine systems will receive the Sustainable Water Utility Management Award, four will be awarded with the Platinum Award for Utility Excellence and two will be presented the Gold Award for Exceptional Utility Performance, stated the release.

The release reported that the Sustainable Water Utility Management Award, being presented for the first time this year, recognizes water utilities that have made a commitment to management achieving a balance of innovative and successful efforts in areas of economic, social and environmental endeavors.

The Platinum and Gold Awards honor outstanding achievement in implementing the nationally recognized Attributes of Effective Utility Management, added the release.

"AMWA awards recognize the serious commitment and significant progress these award-winning drinking water agencies are making toward long-term viability through innovative management practices, executive leadership and employee engagement," said AMWA President Chuck M. Murray, General Manager, Fairfax Water. "Sustainable communities cannot exist without sustainable water systems and these award-winners are invaluable assets to their communities and their customers."