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Black & Veatch (B&V, Overland Park, Kan.) for publishing the 2016 Strategic Directions: Water Industry Report, the firm's fifth annual report offering insight into key issues facing water service providers across the United States and international markets. The report, by B&V's Insights Group, covers communicating with customers; alternative financing schemes and the rise of public-private partnerships; and applying lessons learned by the industry'sits electric and natural gas counterparts to address cost and aging infrastructure challenges. Drawing on responses from more than 350 industry participants and the insights of B&V's global team of water industry experts, the report captures both the angst and opportunity confronting water leaders in 2016. Also in 2016, B&V published Strategic Directions: Electric Industry Report and Strategic Directions: U.S. Smart City/Smart Utility Report.

Arcadis (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) for publishing its first Sustainable Cities Water Index that measures 50 global cities across a broad spectrum of sustainability issues impacting water resiliency, efficiency and quality. The study highlights the importance of water as a critical urban asset that is imperative to long-term success, economic development and overall sustainability. The Sustainable Cities Water Index showed that North American cities, threatened by both water scarcity and natural disasters, are among the most at risk in the developed world with no U.S. cities placing in the top 10 of the global rankings. Toronto, ranked 6th globally, Washington D.C. (13th) and New York (14th) as North America's most sustainable water cities.

Brown and Caldwell (Walnut Creek, Calif.) for the publication of BC Water News, a free service providing timely water and wastewater news, and for eclipsing 35,000 subscribers in 2016. BC Water News' loyal following includes environmental professionals, employees of water agencies or utilities, elected officials, public service employees, students and journalists. Produced by water professionals for water professionals, the publication's six regional editions deliver water-related headlines from sources around the country. Subscribers also have access to interviews with industry leaders, special coverage of hot topics, and access to BC Water Jobs, a network of industry job opportunities. An employee-owned company, Brown and Caldwell is the largest engineering and construction firm solely focused on the U.S. environmental sector with 1,500 employees across 45 national offices.