George W. Burke Award

This award was established in 1982 in honor of George W. Burke, Jr., for his many years of service to both the water environment field and the Federation as staff manager of technical services. Mr. Burke was instrumental in developing the Federation's annual safety survey and assisting in the production of several safety training aids and promotional packets. The purpose of this award is to encourage an active and effective safety program in municipal and industrial wastewater facilities.

The award consists of a plaque suitably inscribed with the recipient's name and will be presented by a Water Environment Federation representative at the Kansas Water Environment Association annual conference.


  • The documented and illustrated safety program and safety record of the facility for the preceding calendar year are the primary criteria for the award.
  • Additionally, each member Association is allowed full freedom to establish its own criteria.
  • The size of the membership dictates the frequency with which member associations are eligible to make nominations for the award.


Nominations are accepted from KWEA members. Member associations should submit name with a one-page biography of their selection.

Please submit nominations no later than July 15.

Past Recipients of This Prestigious Award
2019 City of El Dorado El Dorado Wastewater Treatment Plant
  City of Gardner Kill Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant
2017 The City of Dodge City North & South Water Reclamation Facilities (operated under contract by CH2MHill)
2016 City of El Dorado  
2014 City of Topeka Water Pollution Control Division
2013 City of Topeka Water Pollution Control Division
1999 City of Winfield Wastewater Treatment Plant
1997 City of Dodge City Wastewater Treatment Plant
1996 City of Kansas City Kaw Point Wastewater Treatment Plant #1
1995 City of Junction City Professional Services Group
1994 Boeing Wichita Water Treatment Plant
1993 City of Concordia Wastewater Treatment Plant
1992 City of Hutchinson Wastewater Treatment Plant
1990 City of Olathe Cedar Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Facility
1989 City of Emporia Wastewater Treatment Plant
1986 City of Kansas City, KS Water Pollution Control Department
1985 City of Hutchinson Wastewater Treatment Plant
1984 City of Kansas City, KS Water Pollution Control Department
1983 Vulcan Materials Co. Wichita Industrial Wastewater Treatment Plant

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