EPCOR honored with 15 awards from Arizona Water Association achievements in safety, operational excellence

PHOENIX—EPCOR USA (EPCOR) was recognized by the AZ Water Association with 15 awards for operational excellence and safety. The 15 honors from its industry colleagues join 92 previous awards EPCOR has received from the AZ Water Association.


EPCOR was also recognized by the keynote speaker, Maricopa County Supervisor Bill Gates, for stepping up to build a water hauling station to help out a North Phoenix community that has had significant groundwater decline and many well failures. Construction on the station began late April 2018 and is expected to be complete July 2018.


“Receiving recognition like this, from professionals who know what it takes every day to deliver high-quality, reliable water service, is the ultimate compliment,” said Joe Gysel, president of EPCOR USA. “From Bullhead City to Anthem, Tubac to Sun City, we’re honored to have received 107 awards since 2012, underscoring the hard work and dedication our teams devote to their communities, 24 hours a day.”


EPCOR was recognized for water treatment, wastewater treatment, water distribution system management and wastewater collection system management. Additionally, Harrison Whitman, EPCOR’s manager of health, safety and risk, was honored as the association’s Health & Safety Professional of the Year.


The AZ Water Association announced winners after evaluating criteria including operations, experience, adherence to regulatory standards and more. Arizona’s largest regulated water utility, EPCOR provides water and wastewater service to approximately 360,000 customers across 37 communities and 15 counties in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. EPCOR also provides natural gas service in Texas.


The AZ Water Association is a nonprofit educational organization founded in 1928 whose mission is preserving as well as enhancing Arizona’s water environment. More than 2,200 water and wastewater professionals throughout the state belong to the association. Annual awards were presented in a ceremony during the annual AZ Water Conference in Phoenix on May 3, 2018.


EPCOR’s 2018 Arizona Water Association awards include:

  • Wastewater Treatment, Anthem
  • Water Treatment, Anthem
  • Wastewater Treatment, Bullhead City
  • Water Distribution System, Bullhead City
  • Water Distribution System, Fountain Hills
  • Water Treatment, Fountain Hills
  • Water Distribution System, Havasu
  • Water Treatment, Paradise Valley
  • Water Distribution System, Sun City
  • Wastewater Collection System, Sun City
  • Water Treatment, Sun City
  • Water Distribution System, Tubac
  • Water Treatment, White Tanks Regional Water Treatment Plant
  • Wastewater Treatment, Northwest Valley Water Reclamation Facility