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SHOW LOW, Ariz. (September 14, 2018) – The City of Show Low received the prestigious “Excellence in Action” award for Show Low wetlands, a 250-acre constructed wetland that uses recycled water to establish a habitat for fish, waterfowl and other wildlife, from the WateReuse Association at its 33rd Annual WateReuse Symposium in Austin, Texas, on Sept. 10. The city’s Environmental Coordinator Ken Wilcock accepted the award on behalf of the city. Show Low was one of three organizations receiving an Excellence in Action award, which recognizes water users for making significant contributions to support water reuse and showcases how recycled water is used for commercial operations, watershed restoration projects, irrigation or other projects. Show Low was chosen for developing a novel approach, its wetland, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and Arizona Game and Fish Department to reuse water and create a unique habitat. A panel of industry professional reviewed and evaluated the submissions to select the winners.
The WateReuse Association, founded in 1990 and based in Alexandria, Virginia, is internationally recognized as a thought-leader on alternative water supply development. The organization provides policy guidance and educational tools on water reuse to aid and accelerate the natural process to clean the water to make it suitable for its intended purpose, from irrigation to industrial uses to drinking. It has also advocated laws and funding at the state and federal level to increase the practice of recycling water.