Kenneth J. Miller Founders' Award

2019 Recipient: Ruth Borgmann

2018 Recipient: Ruth Borgmann


Ruth Borgmann has over 7 years of experience working at Hazen and Sawyer, where she has worked on a range of wastewater treatment and conveyance design and construction projects.  Her experience includes hydraulic analyses, wastewater treatment technology evaluations, technical writing and construction administration services.   Ruth is a member of the Water Environment Federation and is the vice-chair of the NC AWWA-WEA Water For People Committee.  As part of the Water For People Committee, Ruth has been the Golf Tournament Co-Chair since 2013 and has consistently volunteered at other Committee events such as the Water For People 5K and the Annual Conference.
Ruth has stated “Volunteering with the NC AWWA-WEA Water For People Committee has given me the opportunity to work on a cause that I am passionate about, grow my relationships within my professional community and raise awareness and fundraise on behalf of an organization that is achieving real change in their mission to bring safe water and sanitation to every person.”




The Kenneth J. Miller Founders’ Award was established in 2001 by the Board of Directors of Water For People to honor outstanding volunteer service being contributed to this international humanitarian effort. Water For People was conceived as a North American response to the water, sanitation and health needs of millions of families living in the developing world. From its beginnings, Water For People was envisioned to be a volunteer effort of the North American water community. The AWWA leaders who organized Water For People believed that water professionals throughout North America would recognize the urgent necessity to support such a cause by contributing their financial assistance, organizational skills, and professional expertise. This they have done as local groups of water and sanitation professionals launched active programs in support of Water For People.

As the organization grew and began to accomplish its vision of service, it became evident that extraordinary volunteer efforts were being made at the local level and that this dedicated work ought to be publicly acknowledged and honored. The Founders’ Award was established to do this. The search for a model individual to exemplify the value of volunteer service and to underscore the importance of this award led immediately to Kenneth J. Miller of Denver, Colorado, one of the founders of Water For People and its first president. This award recognizes those who emulate Kenneth J. Miller’s example of self-sacrificing volunteer service.

Past Recipients

2018 Lamya King

2017 Nick Dierkes

2016 Paul Judge

2015 Keller Schnier 

2014 Albert Gallaher, III

2013 Juliette McLelland
2012 Kraig Kern
2011 Todd Davis
2010 Ilke McAliley
2009 Lisa Edwards
2008 Chris Belk
2007 Crystal Bonge
2006 Art Mandler
2004 Fred Hauchman
2003 Julie Hellmann
2002 Donald Knibb
2001 Peter Weed

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