Pa. filter plants receive AWWA optimization award

The American Water Works Association recently presented a special five-year Directors Award to 23 Pennsylvania filter plants for their ongoing participation in the Partnership for Safe Water...

HARRISBURG, PA, Sept. 6, 2005 -- The American Water Works Association (AWWA) recently presented a special five-year Directors Award to 23 Pennsylvania filter plants for their ongoing participation in the Partnership for Safe Water. The partnership is a national volunteer initiative developed by EPA and other water organizations representing water suppliers striving to provide their communities with drinking water quality that surpasses the required federal standards.

The third phase of the partnership program involves a rigorous self-assessment process that is specifically geared toward identifying and correcting weaknesses in plant operation, design and administration. The Directors Award is presented to water systems that have successfully completed the Phase III self-assessment. To date, 46 Pennsylvania filter plants have completed this process. Recently, 23 Pennsylvania plants -- Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) Belmont, PWD Baxter, PWD Queens Lane, City of Lancaster Conestoga, and 19 filter plants operated by the Pennsylvania American Water Co. -- received a special award for maintaining active Phase III status for five years.

DEP would like to recognize this significant accomplishment, as it demonstrates an ongoing commitment to optimizing filter plant performance and improving drinking water quality. Each July, these facilities submitted an annual report to National AWWA, providing detailed information concerning optimization efforts and improvements in water quality, which occurred throughout the previous year. Partnership utilities experience numerous benefits from this type of active participation. Benefits include improved water quality, recognition, regulator confidence, consumer confidence, and employee support.

For more information, visit the DEP website: www.dep.state.pa.us (DEP Keyword "filtration").

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-- "Governor Rendell Announces $500,000 for Flood Protection in Lycoming County" (Sept. 1, 2005)...

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