American Water Receives 29 Water Quality Awards

June 12, 2015
The company was recognized with two Presidents Awards

American Water Works Co. Inc. received 29 Partnership for Safe Water awards. Two plants are receiving a Presidents Award, one plant is receiving a Phase III Directors Award of Recognition, one plant is receiving an award for maintaining Phase III certification for five years, 23 plants are being presented with the Phase III Directors Award status for 15 years, and two systems are being presented with Phase III Directors Award for Distribution. The awards were presented during the 2015 American Water Works Assn. Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Nationally, just over 400 surface water treatment plants are part of 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, and has received more Partnership for Safe Water awards than any other utility nationwide. 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 system operations.

“Environmental leadership is one of American Water's core values, and having twenty nine of our facilities recognized by the Partnership for Safe Water is very meaningful for us,” said Susan Story, president and CEO. “We hold ourselves to the highest standards in delivering clean, safe, high-quality drinking water to the people we serve, and this national recognition is a true testament to our employees’ expertise, dedication to excellence and commitment to protecting public health.”

Pennsylvania American Water’s Clarion Water Treatment Plant and Norristown Water Treatment Plant have received the Presidents Award recognition. 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 stringent individual filter performance goals for turbidity. Pennsylvania American Water’s facilities have been participating in the partnership since 1996.

American Water’s Contract Services Group was recognized with its first Phase III Directors Award of Recognition for its North Brunswick Water Treatment Plant, N.J. American Water accounts for approximately 30 percent of the plants receiving the program's Phase III Director Award.

West Virginia American Water’s Kanawha Valley Water Treatment Plant was recognized for maintaining the Phase III Directors Award status for five years. With a total of 64 surface water treatment plants recognized, American Water accounts for about one-third of all plants that have received the Five-Year Phase III award nationwide.

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

  • Illinois American Water;
  • Pontiac Water Treatment Plant;
  • Streator Water Treatment Plant;
  • Delaware River Regional Water Treatment Plant;
  • Raritan-Millstone Water Treatment Plant;
  • Pennsylvania American Water;
  • Bangor Water Treatment Plant;
  • Brownell Water Treatment Plant;
  • Butler Water Treatment Plant;
  • Ceasetown Water Treatment Plant;
  • EH Aldrich Water Treatment Plant;
  • Ellwood Water Treatment Plant;
  • Fallbrook Water Treatment Plant;
  • Forest City Water Treatment Plant;
  • Gerald C. Smith Water Treatment Plant (Hershey);
  • Hays Mine Water Treatment Plant;
  • Indiana Water Treatment Plant (Two Lick Creek);
  • Kittanning Water Treatment Plant;
  • Milton Water Treatment Plant;
  • Montrose Water Treatment Plant;
  • Nesbitt Water Treatment Plant;
  • New Castle Water Treatment Plant;
  • Philipsburg Water Treatment Plant;
  • Silver Spring Water Treatment Plant;
  • Tennessee American Water; and
  • Citico Water Treatment Plant.

American Water’s Military Services Group was recognized with two Phase III Directors Awards for Distribution for the water distribution systems it manages for Fort Sill, Okla. and Fort Hood, Tex.

“We’re tremendously proud of our Fort Hood and Fort Sill teams for their unwavering efforts to deliver superior quality drinking water to the servicemen and -women at those bases,” said Military Services Group President Todd Duerr. “The Partnership for Safe Water Directors Award is a difficult-to-achieve, well-deserved honor, and is another example of American Water demonstrating to the government how safe, compliant and reliable water operations are implemented through Utilities Privatization. 

Source: American Water

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