Positive Wave Award

Meet Alberto Coronado, NAWC's First Positive Wave Award Winner!

NAWC is pleased to announce that the first recipient of the Positive Wave Award is Alberto Coronado, maintenance foreman with SouthWest Water Company (SWWC).

Alberto is being recognized for his courageous and selfless actions during this past February’s winter storm that left millions of households in Texas without power and water. Alberto was integral in keeping the drinking water and wastewater services online for SWWC customers in Pflugerville, TX during Winter Storm Uri. He used a heavy-duty truck to move a mobile generator from facility to facility to power the wells and pumps that provide water supply for the system. He also used the generator to cycle the lift station pumps to move wastewater through the collection system to the treatment plant.

“Our company is proud of the exceptional work by Alberto. He is a prime example of how we will work hard to keep our customers in service, but also demonstrates the personal sacrifice our employees make to support their teammates, and our customers, in a challenging situation,” said Jeffrey L. McIntyre, President of Texas Water Utilities, SouthWest Water Company.

Congratulations Alberto and many thanks for your service and contributions to our industry!

What does it mean to go above and beyond?

As water industry professionals, our main priority is to ensure we deliver safe, reliable water to our customers. How can someone go above and beyond their duties that fulfill that goal?

Examples could include: 

  • Went out of their way to listen and help a customer
  • Took action to really help their coworkers and make things better for them
  • Persevered to meet a challenging problem in an innovative way that helped the company and/or a customer
  • Demonstrated caring and connection with the communities we serve whether on the job or in their volunteer work
  • Made an effort to do things in a more sustainable way even though it isn’t their job
  • Developed an innovative solution to customer or team challenges
  • Led by example, inspiring leadership
  • Managed a crisis successfully
  • Assisted with COVID-19 relief efforts

Equal Opportunity Recognition

Not everyone has the authority to make the measurable and sizable impacts that are visible to everyone in a company. The criteria for NAWC Positive Wave Award nominees is intentionally designed to recognize those who may be newer to the industry or may be in staff level or field positions. We encourage nominations for candidates of all backgrounds and ranks. This award can provide the third-party recognition that can really boost someone’s spirits and motivation and also show them and the outside world how much they are appreciated.


  • We will be taking nominations every quarter. 
  • Nominations can come from colleagues, supervisors, team members, vendors, partners and other people outside the company.
  • The application is simple to fill out. Don’t worry about being a good writer.
  • A panel of judges from various NAWC member companies will evaluate all of the applications to determine who should be the winner of the Positive Wave Award.
  • Employees of NAWC member companies in good standing are eligible for consideration to win the NAWC Positive Wave Award.

What Do They Win?

  • The knowledge that their actions made a difference and people appreciated it.
  • Recognition in NAWC publications including Week in Water and the CEO letter.
  • Inclusion in NAWC’s social media channel content. Shareable with the world.
  • An award certificate to post proudly on the wall, or on social media.
  • All Positive Wave Award winners will be automatically entered into consideration for the annual Living Water Award given out at the NAWC Annual Water Summit.
For more information, contact Meredith Moore at meredith@nawc.com