• Digital Government Achievement Award in the local government category for the Dashboard of Key Indicators – Center for Digital Government
  • Global Water Award: Desalination Plant of the Year for the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant (with Poseidon Water) – Global Water Intelligence
  • Grand Golden Watchdog for the Carlsbad Desalination Project (with Poseidon Water) – San Diego County Taxpayers Association
  • Communications Initiative Award for the Citizens Water Academy – American Planning Association, San Diego Section
  • Best Water Program Award (Medium Water Agency) for the “When in Drought” campaign – California Municipal Utilities Association
  • Award of Excellence in the Constructed Project for the Emergency & Carryover Storage Project – United States Society on Dams, national
  • Project of the Year Award for the Emergency & Carryover Storage Project – American Society of Civil Engineers, San Diego Chapter
  • Project Achievement Award (Public Works Greater than $15 million) for the Emergency & Carryover Storage Project – Construction Management Association of America, San Diego Chapter
  • Project of the Year (structures over $75 million) for the Emergency & Carryover Storage Project – American Public Works Association, San Diego-Imperial Chapter
  • Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting for the FY 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report – Government Finance Officers Association
  • Certificate of Excellence Award for the Water Authority’s Investment Policy – Association of Public Treasurers of the United States & Canada
  • Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award for 2016 – National Procurement Institute
  • Operating Budget Excellence Award for FY 2016 – California Society of Municipal Finance Officers
  • Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for FY 2016 and 2017 – Government Finance Officers Association
  • H.W. Buckner Cactus and Succulent Garden Award; the Edgar Engert Educational Award; and a noteworthy plant specimen award for the 2016 water-efficient landscape exhibit at the San Diego County Fair

The Water Authority’s Emergency & Carryover Storage Project won the Project of the Year Award from the San Diego Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

The California Municipal Utilities Association honored the Water Authority with the Best Water Program Award by a medium-sized water agency for its “When in Drought” outreach and education campaign.

The San Diego County Taxpayers Association gave the Water Authority and Poseidon Water its highest honor – the Grand Golden Watchdog – for a public-private partnership to build the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant.