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The George W. Burke award recognizes a municipal or industrial wastewater facility for establishing and maintaining an active and effective safety program.

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 WEF as staff manager of technical services. Mr. Burke was instrumental in developing WEF'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.

Award presented by a WEF representative at the WEF Member Association Annual Meeting.


  • 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 WEF Member Association is allowed full freedom to establish its own criteria.

The MER Committee will make a nomination in this category.