American Water Receives 22 National Awards

June 27, 2016
Partnership for Safe Water awards recognize excellence in water quality

American Water Works Co. Inc. announced the achievement of 22 Partnership for Safe Water awards. The awards, which recognize water treatment facilities that have achieved higher than required water quality standards, were presented during the American Water Works Association's Annual Conference and Exposition 2016 in Chicago, Ill.

"We hold ourselves to the highest standards in delivering clean, safe, high-quality drinking water to the people we serve, and so having 22 of our facilities recognized by the Partnership for Safe Water for going above and beyond EPA water quality standards is very meaningful for us," said Susan Story, president and CEO. "We pride ourselves on our exceptional water quality record which is 13 times better than the industry average, and this national recognition is a true testament to our employees’ expertise, dedication to excellence and commitment to our customers."

As a member of the Partnership for Safe Water, American Water demonstrates its commitment to improve the quality of drinking water delivered to customers by optimizing its system operations. In American Water’s footprint, six plants are receiving a Presidents Award, one plant is receiving a Phase III Directors Award for its treatment program, one plant is receiving an award for maintaining Phase III certification for five years and 14 plants are being presented with the Phase III Directors Award status for 15 years.

Nationally, just over 400 surface water treatment plants are part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Partnership for Safe Water Program, a voluntary effort that is designed to increase protection against microbial contamination through treatment optimization. American Water accounts for about 20% of the participating plants nationwide and has received more Partnership for Safe Water awards than any other utility nationwide.

Pennsylvania American Water received six Phase IV Presidents Award recognitions at the following treatment plants:

  1. Bangor Water Treatment Plant;
  2. Brownell Water Treatment Plant;
  3. Crystal Lake Water Treatment Plant;
  4. Gerald C. Smith Water Treatment Plant (Hershey WTP);
  5. Indiana Water Treatment Plant (Two Lick Creek); and
  6. Nesbitt Water Purification Plant.

Phase IV goals are the highest possible level of performance that can be achieved in the four-phase program. The Presidents Award recognizes achieving Phase IV’s very stringent individual filter performance goals for turbidity. Pennsylvania American Water now has nine surface water treatment plants that have received the Phase IV Presidents Award.

"Reaching this elite status is a significant achievement in our ongoing efforts to not only meet stringent performance goals but also improve the quality of our water," said Kathy L. Pape, president of Pennsylvania American Water. 

Pennsylvania American Water’s Rock Run Water Treatment Plant was recognized with a Phase III Directors Award for its Treatment Program. In addition, Pennsylvania American Water’s Stony Garden Water Treatment Plant (Blue Mountain System) was recognized for maintaining the Phase III Directors Award status for five years.

The following American Water treatment plants were recognized for maintaining the Phase III Directors Award status for 15 years:

Illinois American Water

  • Pontiac Illinois River Water Treatment Plant (Peoria District WTP)

Indiana American Water

  • Muncie-White River Water Treatment Plant

Iowa American Water

  • East River Station Water Treatment Plant

New Jersey American Water

  • Jumping Brook Water Treatment Plant

Pennsylvania American Water

  • Brownsville Water Treatment Plant
  • Crystal Lake Water Treatment Plant
  • Kane Water Treatment Plant
  • Lake Scranton Water Treatment Plant
  • Norristown Water Treatment Plant
  • Punxsutawney Filter Plant (Big Run)
  • Susquehanna Water Treatment Plant
  • Watres Water Treatment Plant
  • White Deer Creek Water Treatment Plant

West Virginia American Water

  • West Virginia – Ada Water Treatment Plant (Bluefield)

American Water accounts for approximately 50% of the plants receiving the 15-Year Phase III Award. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. 

Source: American Water Works Co. Inc.

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