George W. Burke, Jr. Safety Award

Type: Municipal and Industrial Wastewater Facilities

Description: The George W. Burke, Jr. Award was established in 1982 in honor of George W. Burke, Jr. for his many years of service both to the water pollution control field and the Water Environment 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 the award is to encourage an active and effective safety program in municipal and industrial wastewater facilities and to stimulate the collecting and reporting of injury data.


  • The documented and illustrated safety program and safety record of the facility for the preceding calendar year are the primary criteria for the award.

Awarding Organization: Water Environment Federation

Deadline: May 31, 2024

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Previous Awardees:

2023   Cohasset WWTP

2022   Billerica, MA WRRF

2021   Woodard & Curran, North Haven Facility

2018    Uconn Reclaimed Water Facility

2017    Veolia/Sturbridge, MA WPCF

2016    Woodard & Curran/Pinehills PSTF

2015    Narragansett Bay Commission

2014    Winnipesaukee River Basin WWTP

2013    Town of Provincetown

2012    Veolia Water Lynn Regional WPCF

2011    Town of Merrimack

2010    City of Leominster WPCF

2009    Narragansett Bay Commission

2008    City of Saco Wastewater Treatment Plant

2007    Killingly Water Pollution Control Authority/United Water

2006    Lynn Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility

2004    Rockland, MA Wastewater Treatment Facility

2003    Nashua Wastewater Treatment Facility, Nashua, NH

2002    Biddeford, ME Wastewater Treatment Facility

1999    Augusta Sanitary District, Augusta, ME

1998    Leominster Wastewater Treatment Facility, Leominster, MA

1997    City of Brewer, ME Water Pollution Control Facility

1996    Lowell Regional Water and Watewater Utilities, Lowell, MA

1995    Nashua Wastewater Treatment Facility, Nashua, NH

1994    Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Boston, MA

1993    Chicopee Wastewater Treatment Plant, Chicopee, MA

1992    George P. Riley, Jr. Wastewater Treatment Plant, Gloucester, MA

1991    Hartland, ME Pollution Control Facility

1990    Rockland, MA Wastewater Treatment Facility

1989    Plainville, CT Water Pollution Control Facility

1988    Manchester, NH Treatment Facility

1987    Upper Blackstone Water Pollution Abatement District

1986    The Maine Wastewater Control Association

1985    Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility, Rockland, MA

1984    Paris Utility District Treatment Plant – South Maine

1983    Somersworth, NH Treatment Plant