The William D. Hatfield Award is given to operators of wastewater treatment plants who through their outstanding performance and professionalism deserve commendation. The Member Associations control the process of selection but the Federation has set up a general system of criteria. These include a successful system of reports from the operator to his superiors that fulfill the informational requirements of his supervisors and provide the operator with a forum for suggestions for improvements. Consideration is also given to the financial acumen of the candidate and use of a good public relations program. Finally the nominee should have contributed to the dissemination of information concerning advancements in the field. The award was established in honor of Dr. William D. Hatfield's years of service as a treatment plant operator.