Birmingham Water Works Wins Awards for Budget & Water Quality


Awards serve as a testament to excellence and achievement for organizations and individuals who receive them. The most recent awards received by Birmingham Water Works demonstrate the organization’s performance in budget preparation as well as water filtration.

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) named the Birmingham Water Works Board as a recipient of its Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its fiscal year 2020 budget.

Award nominees are evaluated based on the extent to which their budgets exhibit nationally-recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. To receive the award, budget documents must achieve a "proficient" rating for their efficacy as policy documents, financial plans, operations guides, and communications devices as well as fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories.

“The award represents a significant achievement by the entity. It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting,” said GFOA in a news release. “Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America.”

More than 1,600 organizations participate in the Budget Awards Program. Award recipients and their winning documents are published quarterly via the GFOA website. Winning organizations and the team members within the department responsible for preparing the document, which is the Budget Office at Birmingham Water Works, each receive a Certificate of Recognition for the honor. The Budget Office includes Rosalind Jones, Shelia Patterson, and Joyce Komo.

In addition, the filter plant teams for Birmingham Water Works continue to demonstrate excellence in water quality.

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) bestowed its Optimization Award upon the Western, Putnam, and Shades Mountain filter plants for microbial removal in 2019.

Meanwhile, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Partnership for Safe Water Program honored all four treatment plants with the Directors Award. The awards mark the 15th year that Putnam has received the award.