GLWA becomes part of Leading Utilities of the World

GLWA was one of five utilities from across the world recently invited to become a part of the Leading Utilities of the World (LUOW) initiative. LUOW is a network of the world’s most successful, forward-thinking and innovative water and wastewater utilities.

Created to help drive performance across the service sector, the network provides the LUOW utilities a platform to share ideas and challenges, and to inspire innovation.

GLWA is one of just 49 utilities from across the globe that have been inaugurated into the initiative since it began in 2017. LUOW’s members represent the Gold Standard of utility innovation and performance throughout the developed world’s water sector. Membership is by invitation only.

In order to be accepted into the network, GLWA presented its three most outstanding innovation successes to the LUOW Advisory Board at the organization’s annual American Water Summit in November 2019. CEO Sue McCormick’s presentation included highlights of GLWA’s achievements in Network Operation via public agency collaboration to address service redundancy for the city of Flint and communities in Genesee, Lapeer and St. Clair Counties; Environmental Impact Improvements with the retirement of six incinerators at the Authority’s Water Resource Recovery Facility, beneficial reuse of biosolids via a public-private partnership Biosolids Dryer Facility,  and completion of a Rouge River Outfall project addressing a long-term water quality improvement objective at a fraction of the cost of prior approaches; and, in the area of Human Resource Development/Stakeholder Engagement GLWA’s apprenticeship programs and One Water Institute supporting GLWA and member partners’ team member development needs.