Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts 2014 The Interactive Multimedia Communicator Award for "National Save for Retirement Week Campaign"
Algae Biomass Organization 2020 Innovation Collaboration of the Year Award
American Academy of Environmental Engineers 2012 Excellence in Environmental Engineering Grand Prize for the University Research for Chicago Health, Environmental Exposure, and Recreation Study (CHEERS)
  2010 Excellence in Environmental Engineering Honor Award in Research for the Microbial Risk Assessment for Recreational Use of the Chicago Area Waterways
  1995 Honor Award for the Sidestream Elevated Pool Aeration Stations
  1989 Grand Prize Award for Planning the Sidestream Elevated Pool Aeration Stations
American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois 2018 Engineering Excellence Merit Award for the Mayfair Reservoir Expansion
  2017 Special Achievement Water Resources Award for the Wescott Park Stormwater Storage Facility Project in the Village of Northbrook
  2010 Special Achievement Award for the Calumet Isolation Chamber
American Infrastructure Magazine 2016 PUBBY Award for Water Project of the Year: Thornton Composite Reservoir
American Public Works Association 2018 Chicago Metro Chapter Suburban Branch: Public Works Project of the Year Award for the Niles Flood Relief Project
  2017 Strategic Plan Award for Flood Control Project on Midlothian Creek in Robbins
  2016 Project of the Year (Environment, More than $75 Million) for the Thornton Composite Reservoir
  2012 Chicago City Branch: Project of the Year in the Environmental $25 to $75 Million Category for the design of the Calumet Central Boiler Facility
    Chicago Metro Chapter: Project of the Year in the Environmental $25 to $75 Million Category for the design of the Calumet Central Boiler Facility
    Chicago Metro Chapter: Public Works Project Excellence Award for the design of the Calumet Central Boiler Facility
  2003 Environmental Project of the Year, Over $10 Million Category, for the Thornton Transitional Reservoir
  2000 Reversal of the Chicago River, "Top Ten Public Works Projects of the Century"
    Tunnel and Reservoir Plan Phase I, one of the "Top Ten Chicago Area Public Works Projects of the 20th Century"
    Tunnel and Reservoir Plan Phase I, Member's Choice for "Most Significant Chicago Area Public Works Projects of the 20th Century"
  1995 The American Public Works Association Award for the District's Innovative Energy Audit and Control Program
  1981 Outstanding Public Works Project of the Year for the Tunnel and Reservoir Plan
American Public Works Association, Chicago Metro Chapter 2016 Project of the Year (Environment, More than $75 Million) for the Thornton Composite Reservoir
    Public Works Project Excellence Award for the Thornton Composite Reservoir
American Rivers, Incorporated 1994 Scientific or Engineering Breakthrough Award for the Calumet River System Sidestream Elevated Pool Aeration Project
American Society of Civil Engineers - Illinois Section 2018 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award, Over $100 Million Category, for the McCook Reservoir
  2016 Project of the Year (Higher than $25 Million) for Thornton Composite Reservoir
    Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award, Under $10 Million Category, for the Busse Reservoir South Dam Modification Project
    Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award, Over $25 Million Category, for the Thornton Composite Reservoir
  2003 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement of the Year Award, Over $5 Million Category, for the Thornton Transitional Reservoir
  2000 District's wastewater treatment system was recognized as representing one of civil engineering's "Monuments of the Millennium" of the 20th century
  1998 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award for the O'Hare-CUP Reservoir Project
  1996 Public Sector Employer Recognition Award
  1994 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement received for Sidestream Elevated Pool Aeration Project
  1986 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement received for Tunnel and Reservoir Plan
    Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement of Past 100 Years in Illinois for the Tunnel and Reservoir Plan
  1985 Tunnel and Reservoir Plan Mainstream System, Phase I, the "Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement of 1985"
  1974 Special Civil Engineering Achievement Award received for the Prairie Plan in Fulton County
American Society of Landscape Architects - Illinois Chapter 2018 Merit Award for Planning and Analysis for the Robbins Park Project
Black Contractors United 1994 Agency of the Year for Affirmative Action Program
Center for Active Design 2015 Excellence Award (Honorable Mention) for the Space to Grow program, a collaboration between the District, Chicago Public School Systems, and the City of Chicago Department of Water Management. Space to Grow was the only submission from Chicago to be recognized. Fellow award recipients span the globe
Chatham Business Association 2015 Partner Award
Chicago Federation of Labor-AFL CIO 2001 Michael J. Bruton Workplace Safety Award
Chicago Innovation 2015 Top 100 finalist in Chicago Innovation Awards for Space To Grow: Greening Chicago Schoolyards
Chicago Metropolitan Agency For Planning 2021 CMAP Regional Excellence Award in the category of Regional Resilience
Chicago Public Schools 2011-2010 Certificate of Appreciation for providing outstanding work-based learning experiences for Chicago Public School Career and Technical Education students through participation in the Work-Based Learning Program
Chicago Southland Convention and Visitor Bureau 2009 Hospitality Award of Merit for outstanding work on behalf of the Calumet-Sag Trail
Chicago Wilderness and United States Environmental Protection Agency 2007 Conservation and Native Landscaping Award for Native Prairie Restorations at the Lemont and North Side Water Reclamation Plants
City of Chicago 2000 Best Practices in expanding employment opportunities for people with disabilities
Conservation Foundation & DuPage River Coalition 2006-2005 Clean Water Award for Hanover Park Water Reclamation Plant
  2002 DuPage River Clean Water Award
Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO) 2015 Public Body of the Year
    Project of the Year - Infrastructure category for constructing the Wet Weather Treatment Facility and Reservoir at the Lemont Water Reclamation Plant
Consulting Engineers Council of Illinois 1985 Engineering Excellence Honor Award for the Tunnel and Reservoir Plan Mainstream System Phase I
Engineering News Record 1999 Construction of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal in 1900 and Tunnel and Reservoir Plan in 1985 named as two of the top 125 engineering projects of the past 125 years
Environmental Systems Research Institute 2019 Special Achievement in Geographic Information System (SAG) Award
Federation of Women Contractors 2016 Outstanding Advocate Award
  2012 Outstanding Program of the Year Award for the MWRD Affirmative Action Program
  2007 Advocacy Award for Affirmative Action Program
Friends of the Chicago River 2019 Silver Ribbon Award with Army Corps of Engineers and Chicago Park District for North Branch Dam Removal Project
  2017 Chicago River Blue Awards, Green Ribbon Award for the Wescott Park Stormwater Storage Facility Project in the Village of Northbrook
  2016 Chicago River Blue Awards, Green Ribbon Award for Disinfection at the Calumet Water Reclamation Plant and O'Brien Water Reclamation Plant and Thornton Reservoir
  2014 Chicago River Blue Awards, Silver Ribbon Award for Space to Grow: Greening Chicago Schoolyards
Funders Network 2020 Partners for Places Award for Space To Grow: Greening Chicago Schoolyards
Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada 2021-1985 Budget document recognized for Distinguished Budget Presentation
  2016 Budget document received Special Performance Measures recognition
  2015 Budget document received outstanding in the overall category of Communications Device
  2020-2007 Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the MWRD Retiree Health Care Trust - Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for Fiscal Years 2007 through 2020
  2020-1975 Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting - Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for Fiscal Years 1975 through 2020
  2020-1993 Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the MWRD Retirement Fund - Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for Fiscal Years 1993 through 2020
  1999, 1996-1993 Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting
  1998-1988 Budget document recognized as "Especially Notable" or "Outstanding" in various categories
Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management 2018 Legislative Award for the Watershed Management Ordinance
  2017 Flood Reduction Project Award for Floodway Buyouts in the Village of Glenview
    Innovation Project Award for Master Plan Pilot Study: Using Green Infrastructure to Solve Urban Flooding
  2016 Flood Reduction Project Award for Large Project for the Thornton Composite Reservoir
  2015 Sustainability Award for the Space to Grow program for the redevelopment of four school properties using a variety of Best Management Practices for creating green space
Illinois Department of Natural Resources 2017 Illinois Mined Land Reclamation Award in the non-coal category for the McCook Reservoir
  2016 Illinois Mined Land Reclamation Award in the non-coal category for the Thornton Composite Reservoir
Illinois Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve 2021 Nomination for the Secretary of Defense Freedom Award
Illinois Engineering Council 2006 Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award for Tunnel and Reservoir Plan Phase I
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency 1994, 1983, 1981 Certificate of Excellence Award for Wastewater Safety for James C. Kirie Water Reclamation Plant
  1993-1992 Certificate of Excellence Award for Safety received by various treatment plants
  1992-1987 Certificate of Excellence Award for Wastewater Safety received by various treatment plants
  1991-1988 Letters of Commendation of Excellence on Maintenance, Operation, and Compliance for various treatment plants
  1988 Hanover Park Treatment Plant named Plant of the Year
Illinois Safety Council and Greater Chicago Safety Council 2007 Safety and Health Outstanding Safety Performance Award for North Side and Calumet Water Reclamation Plants
    Fleet and Transportation Outstanding Safety Performance Award - District-wide
  2006 Safety and Health Outstanding Safety Performance Award for Calumet and Stickney Water Reclamation Plants
  2005 Safe Driving Award - District-wide, Fulton County Prairie Plan, Main Office Building, Main Office Building Annex, Lockport Powerhouse, John E. Egan, Hanover Park, James C. Kirie, Lemont, North Side, and Stickney Water Reclamation Plants
    Health and Safety Award for North Side Water Reclamation Plant
  2004, 2001 Transportation Award for Outstanding Safety Performance - District-wide
  2004 Health and Safety Award - Fulton County Prairie Plan, James C. Kirie Water Reclamation Plant, Lawndale Avenue Solids Management Area, Racine Avenue Pumping Station, Main Office Building Annex, Lemont, North Side, and Stickney Water Reclamation Plants
    Outstanding Safety Performance Award
  2003 Health and Safety Award - District-wide, Fulton County Prairie Plan, Lockport Powerhouse, Main Office Building, Main Office Building Annex, John E. Egan, Hanover Park, James C. Kirie, Lemont, and North Side Water Reclamation Plants
  2003-2002 1996-1994 Safety and Health Award for Outstanding Safety Performance
  2002, 2000 Outstanding Safety Performance in maintaining a safe and healthy working environment for its employees
Illinois Society of Professional Engineers 2010 Chicagoland Excellence in Engineering Project Award, Mechanical Division, for the Calumet Central Boiler Facility
  1986 MWRDGC System deemed one of the "Ten Outstanding Engineering Achievements in Illinois in the Last 100 Years"
  1985 Outstanding Engineering Accomplishment Award for the Tunnel and Reservoir Plan - Phase I System
  1984 Outstanding Engineering Accomplishment Award for Upper Salt Creek Watershed Floodwater Management Plan
Illinois Water Environment Association 2019 Best Presentation Award: A Reduction in Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products in Class A Biosolids by Open Composting
  2017 Mariyana Spyropoulos, President, is the recipient of the Public Official of the Year award. The Public Official of the Year award is presented to an elected or appointed public official that has made a documented significant contribution in the areas of clean water legislation, public policy, government service, or another area of public prominence that resulted in improvements to the water environment
  2016 Best Presentation Award, "Biosolids Beneficial Reuse Programs: SWOT and PEST Evaluations to Ensure Sustainability"
  2013 Debra Shore, Commissioner, is the recipient of the inaugural Public Official of the Year award. The Public Official of the Year award is presented to an elected or appointed public official that has made a documented significant contribution in the areas of clean water legislation, public policy, government service, or another area of public prominence that resulted in improvements to the water environment
  2010 Best Technical Presentation Award: Protozoa as Indicators of Activated Sludge Treatment System Conditions
  2008 Best Technical Presentation Award: Concerns about Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in Land Applied Biosolids - Media Hype or Reality?
International Personnel Management Association 1995 Award for Excellence - Best personnel department in a medium-sized agency
Interstate Mining Compact Commission 2017 Kenes C. Bowling National Mine Reclamation Award for the McCook Reservoir
Lake County Stormwater Management Commission 2019 Best Management Practice Project of the Year for the Buffalo Creek Reservoir Expansion
Lake Michigan Water Analysts 1995 Award of Excellence
Local Initiatives Support Corporation Chicago 2018 Neighborhood Development Award, in the category of: BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois Healthy Community, for the Space To Grow Partnership
Metropolitan Chicago Masonry Council 1981 "Excellence in Masonry '80" for James C. Kirie Water Reclamation Plant Masonry Design
Metropolitan Planning Council 2018 Burnham Award for Excellence in Planning for the Space to Grow Partnership
National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), formerly known as Association of Metropolitan Sewerage Agencies 2020 NACWA Award for Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Platinum Award for 29 consecutive years of full compliance for Calumet Water Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for 24 consecutive years of full compliance for Lemont Water Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for 16 consecutive years of full compliance for James C. Kirie Water Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for 15 consecutive years of full compliance for Terrence J. O’Brien Water Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for 13 consecutive years of full compliance for Hanover Park Water Reclamation Plant; and Platinum Award for seven consecutive years of full compliance for John E. Egan Water Reclamation Plant
    NACWA Award for Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Gold Award for Stickney Reclamation Plant
  2019 NACWA Award for Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Platinum Award for 28 consecutive years of full compliance for Calumet Water Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for 23 consecutive years of full compliance for Lemont Water Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for 15 consecutive years of full compliance for James C. Kirie Water Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for 14 consecutive years of full compliance for Terrence J. O’Brien Water Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for 12 consecutive years of full compliance for Hanover Park Water Reclamation Plant; and Platinum Award for six consecutive years of full compliance for John E. Egan Water Reclamation Plant
    National Environmental Achievement Award (NEAA) in the Operations & Environmental Performance Category
  2018 NACWA Award for Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Platinum Award for 27 consecutive years of full compliance for Calumet Water Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for 22 consecutive years of full compliance for Lemont Water Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for 14 consecutive years of full compliance for James C. Kirie Water Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for 13 consecutive years of full compliance for Terrence J. O'Brien Water Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for 11 consecutive years of full compliance for Hanover Park Water Reclamation Plant; and Platinum Award for five consecutive years of full compliance for John E. Egan Water Reclamation Plant
    NACWA Award for Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Silver Award for Stickney Water Reclamation Plant
  2017 NACWA Award for Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Platinum Award for 26 consecutive years of full compliance for Calumet Water Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for 21 consecutive years of full compliance for Lemont Water Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for 13 consecutive years of full compliance for James C. Kirie Water Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for 12 consecutive years of full compliance for Terrence J. O'Brien Water Reclamation Plant; and Platinum Award for 10 consecutive years of full compliance for Hanover Park Water Reclamation Plant
    NACWA Award for Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Gold Award for John E. Egan Water Reclamation Plant
    NACWA Award for Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Silver Award for Stickney Water Reclamation Plant
  2016 NACWA Award for Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Platinum Award for 25 consecutive years of full compliance for Calumet Water Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for 20 consecutive years of full compliance for Lemont Water Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for 12 consecutive years of full compliance for James C. Kirie Water Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for 11 consecutive years of full compliance for Terrence J. O'Brien Water Reclamation Plant; and Platinum Award for nine consecutive years of full compliance for Hanover Park Water Reclamation Plant
    NACWA Award for Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Gold Award for John E. Egan Water Reclamation Plant
    NACWA Award for Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Silver Award for Stickney Water Reclamation Plant
    Utility of the Future Today Recognition
  2015 NACWA Award for Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Platinum Award for 24 consecutive years of full compliance for Calumet Water Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for 19 consecutive years of full compliance for Lemont Water Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for 11 consecutive years of full compliance for James C. Kirie Water Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for ten consecutive years of full compliance for Terrence J. O'Brien Water Reclamation Plant; and Platinum Award for eight consecutive years of full compliance for Hanover Park Water Reclamation Plant
    NACWA Award for Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Gold Award for John E. Egan and Stickney Water Reclamation Plants
  2014 Excellence in Management Platinum Award for excellence in utility management and successful implementation of programs that address the range of management challenges facing public wastewater utilities in today's competitive environment
    NACWA Award for Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Platinum Award for 23 consecutive years of full compliance for Calumet Water Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for 18 consecutive years of full compliance for Lemont Water Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for ten consecutive years of full compliance for James C. Kirie Water Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for nine consecutive years of full compliance for Terrence J. O'Brien Water Reclamation Plant; and Platinum Award for seven consecutive years of full compliance for Hanover Park Water Reclamation Plant
    NACWA Award for Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Gold Award for John E. Egan and Stickney Water Reclamation Plants
  2013 NACWA Award for Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Platinum Award for 22 consecutive years of full compliance for Calumet Water Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for 17 consecutive years of full compliance for Lemont Water Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for nine consecutive years of full compliance for James C. Kirie Water Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for eight consecutive years of full compliance for Terrence J. O'Brien Water Reclamation Plant; and Platinum Award for six consecutive years of full compliance for Hanover Park Water Reclamation Plant
    NACWA Award for Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Silver Award for John E. Egan and Stickney Water Reclamation Plants
    Richard Lanyon, former Executive Director, was inducted into the Hall of Fame and became the fifth former District executive in its ranks. The other four are former Director of M&R Dr. Cecil Lue-Hing and former General Superintendents Bart Lynam, Hugh McMillan, and Ben Sosewitz
  2012 NACWA Award for Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Platinum Award for 21 consecutive years of full compliance for Calumet Water Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for 16 consecutive years of full compliance for Stickney and Lemont Water Reclamation Plants; Platinum Award for eight consecutive years of full compliance for James C. Kirie Water Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for seven consecutive years of full compliance for North Side Water Reclamation Plant; and Platinum Award for five consecutive years of full compliance for Hanover Park Water Reclamation Plant
    NACWA Award for Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Silver Award for John E. Egan Water Reclamation Plant
  2011 NACWA Award for Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Platinum Award for 20 consecutive years of full compliance for Calumet Water Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for 15 consecutive years of full compliance for Stickney and Lemont Water Reclamation Plants; Platinum Award for seven consecutive years of full compliance for James C. Kirie Water Reclamation Plant; and Platinum Award for six consecutive years of full compliance for North Side Water Reclamation Plant
    NACWA Award for Full Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Gold Award for Hanover Park Water Reclamation Plant
    NACWA Award for Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Silver Award for John E. Egan Water Reclamation Plant
  2010 NACWA Award for Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Platinum Award for 19 consecutive years of full compliance for Calumet Water Reclamation Plant; Platinum Award for 14 consecutive years of full compliance for Stickney and Lemont Water Reclamation Plants; Platinum Award for six consecutive years of full compliance for John E. Egan and James C. Kirie Water Reclamation Plants; and Platinum Award for five consecutive years of full compliance for North Side Water Reclamation Plant
    NACWA Award for Full Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Gold Award for Hanover Park Water Reclamation Plant
  2009 NACWA Award for Full Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Gold Award for Hanover Park and North Side Water Reclamation Plants
    NACWA Award for Full Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Platinum Award for John E. Egan, James C. Kirie, Stickney, Calumet, and Lemont Water Reclamation Plants
  2008 National Environmental Achievement Award in Public Information and Education - Education Program category for "Mission Possible: Educating People to Promote Beneficial Use of Biosolids"
    NACWA Award for Full Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Gold Award for John E. Egan, Hanover Park, James C. Kirie, and North Side Water Reclamation Plants
    NACWA Award for Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Platinum Award for 17 consecutive years of full compliance for Calumet Water Reclamation Plant and Platinum Award for 12 consecutive years of full compliance for Stickney and Lemont Water Reclamation Plants
  2007 NACWA Award for Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Silver Award for Hanover Park Water Reclamation Plant
    NACWA Award for Full Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Platinum Award for Stickney, Calumet, and Lemont Water Reclamation Plants
    NACWA Award for Full Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Gold Award for James C. Kirie, John E. Egan, and North Side Water Reclamation Plants
  2006 NACWA Award for Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Platinum Award for Stickney, Calumet, and Lemont Water Reclamation Plants
    NACWA Award for Full Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Gold Award for James C. Kirie, John E. Egan, Hanover Park, and North Side Water Reclamation Plants
  2005-2003 Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Management for excellence in utility management and successful implementation of programs that address the range of management challenges facing public wastewater utilities in today's competitive environment
  2005 NACWA Award for Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Silver Award for North Side Water Reclamation Plant
    NACWA Award for Full Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Gold Award for Stickney, Calumet, James C. Kirie, John E. Egan, Hanover Park, and Lemont Water Reclamation Plants
  2004 NACWA Award for Full Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Gold Award for Stickney, Calumet, North Side, and Lemont Water Reclamation Plants
    NACWA Award for Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Silver Award for James C. Kirie, John E. Egan, and Hanover Park Water Reclamation Plants
  2003 Award for Full Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Gold Award for Stickney, Calumet, North Side, Hanover Park, John E. Egan, James C. Kirie, and Lemont Water Reclamation Plants
  2002 Award for Full Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Platinum Award for Hanover Park, North Side, and Calumet Water Reclamation Plants
    Award for Full Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Gold Award for John E. Egan, James C. Kirie, Stickney, and Lemont Water Reclamation Plants
  2001 Research and Technology Award on "Biosolids as a Topsoil Substitute for the Germination and Growth of Turf, Forage, Prairie Grasses and Wild Flower Plants"
    National Environmental Achievement Award for Excellence in Research and Technology
    Award for Full Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Platinum Award for Stickney and Lemont Water Reclamation Plants
    Award for Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Silver Award for John E. Egan Water Reclamation Plant
    Award for Full Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Gold Award for Hanover Park, James C. Kirie, North Side, and Calumet Water Reclamation Plants
  2000 Award for Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Silver Award for John E. Egan and James C. Kirie Water Reclamation Plants
    Award for Full Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge System Permit Standards, Gold Award for Hanover Park, North Side, Stickney, Calumet, and Lemont Water Reclamation Plants
  1999 Gold Award for 100% Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge System Permit Standards - Stickney, Calumet, North Side, Hanover Park, John E. Egan, James C. Kirie, and Lemont Water Reclamation Plants
    National Environmental Achievement Award - Research and Technology for Optimization of Conventional Low Technology Sludge Process to Produce Class A Sludge
  1998 Gold Award for 100% Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge System Permit Standards - Stickney, Calumet, North Side, Hanover Park, James C. Kirie, and Lemont Water Reclamation Plants
  1997 National Achievement Outstanding Operations Award to North Side Water Reclamation Plants for its Instrumentation Project
    Platinum Award for 100% Compliance for more than five years with National Pollutant Discharge System Permit Standards - Calumet and North Side Water Reclamation Plants
    Gold Award for 100% Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge System Permit Standards - James C. Kirie, Lemont, and Stickney Water Reclamation Plants
    Silver Award for 99.9% Compliance with National Pollutant Discharge System Permit Standards - John E. Egan and Hanover Park Water Reclamation Plants
  1993 Outstanding Operations Award for Sidestream Pool Aeration Stations
National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies (NAFSMA) 2016 Green Infrastructure Award, First Place in the Large Agency Category for the Space to Grow Program
National Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators 2013, 2009 Leadership Recognition Award of Distinction for National Save for Retirement Week Campaign
National Association of State Land Reclamationists (NASLR) 2017 Best Innovation Award in Mining Category for the McCook Reservoir Stage 2
National Biosolids Partnership (Water Environment Federation and National Association of Clean Water Agencies) 2018 Ten-Year Platinum Award for the Dedication to Environmentally Sound Biosolids Management Practices
  2008 Certificate of Achievement for meeting all the requirements for admittance and certification to the National Biosolids Partnership Environmental Management System Program
National Institute of Governmental Purchasing 2021-2003 Outstanding Agency Accreditation Achievement Award
National Physical Plan Alliance 2014 Champion Award for the Space to Grow program for the collaborative efforts of the District, Chicago Public Schools, and the Department of Water Management in transforming Chicago's underused and outdated schoolyards into vibrant outdoor spaces that benefit students, communities and the environment
National Purchasing Institute 2006-2005 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement
National Society of Professional Engineers 1985 Outstanding Engineering Accomplishment Award for the Tunnel and Reservoir Plan - Phase I System
  1973 Outstanding Engineering Achievements in the United States for the Brookfield LaGrange Rock Tunnel
Risk & Insurance Magazine 2016 Honorable Mention in the national Theodore Roosevelt Workers' Competition and Disability Management (TEDDY) Award competition for excellence in safety and workers' compensation risk management
Rotary Club of Naperville 2016 Paul Harris Award
Storm Water Solutions Magazine 2017 Top 10 Stormwater Project for Space to Grow
  2016 Top 10 Stormwater Project for the Blue Island Green Infrastructure Project
Structural Engineers Association of Illinois 1985 Honor Award for the Structural-Geotechnical Design of the Tunnel and Reservoir Plan Mainstream Pumping Station
United States Department of Defense 2003 Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Achievement through Value Engineering
United States Environmental Protection Agency 2017 Honorable Mention of the Phosphorus Recovery System for Excellence and Innovation within the Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program
  2008 Exemplary Biosolids Management Award - First Place in the Public Acceptance Category
  2004 National Second Place Clean Water Act Recognition Award, James C. Kirie Water Reclamation Plant, for Outstanding Operations and Maintenance, Large Advanced Plant
  2003 Certificate of Recognition as a Clean Water Partner for the 21st Century
  1998 Designation of the Chicago River as "One of the 25 Outstanding Success Stories in the Nation on the Occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act"
  1996 Award of Excellence for First Place in Category Five in the National Pretreatment Program
  1995 National Pretreatment Award recognizing excellence in the administration of the District's Pretreatment Program
  1994 National First Place Award recognizing the District's Outstanding Combined Sewer Overflow Control Program
    Award for Excellence in Maintenance and Operations Category in Region V as the Best Large Advanced Plant - James C. Kirie Water Reclamation Plant
  1993 Second Place for Outstanding Treatment Facility by Stickney and John E. Egan Water Reclamation Plants in the Area of Maintenance and Operations
  1992 North Side Treatment Plant named "Best in the Midwest" for Municipal Pollution Control
    Affirmative Action Program named "Best in the Country"
  1991 Special Award for Sustained Outstanding Long-Term Contribution to the Beneficial Use of Sludge at the Prairie Plan, Fulton County
    Award for the Affirmative Action Program
United States Green Building Council 2015 Best of Green Schools Award for Collaboration, Space to Grow Partnership
  2014 Emerald Award for the Space to Grow Program in the Chapter Mission category recognizes the impact collaborations can have in building better, brighter, and healthier spaces to live, learn, and work
United States Minority Contractor Association 2019 Legacy Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion
United States Patent and Trademark Office 2020 Patent for Production of Carbon-Based Compounds from Cellulosic Feedstock Fermentation; Application Number 62/965,592
Water and Wastes Digest 2016 Thornton Composite Reservoir, one of the "Top Projects for 2016 Award"
Water Environment Federation 2020 Utility of the Future Today Recognition
    Public Communication & Outreach Program Award
    Ralph Fuhrman Medal for Outstanding Water Quality Academic-Practice Collaboration
  2018 Project Excellence Award for the McCook Reservoir
  2017 Project Excellence Award for the Nutrient Recovery Facility at the Stickney Water Reclamation Plan
    Water Quality Improvement Award for the Calumet Tunnel and Reservoir Plan
    Schroepfer Innovative Facility Design Medal for the Calumet Tunnel and Reservoir Plan
  1999-1989 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Water Quality Improvement
  1992 Recognition for the Solids Dewatering Prototype at the Stickney Water Reclamation Plant
Water Environment Research Foundation 2013 Award for Excellence in Innovation
Waterfront Center 2008 Excellence on the Waterfront Award for Sidestream Elevated Pool Aeration Project