CO utility provider among first in nation to receive prestigious water distribution award

The Partnership for Safe Water has presented Fort Collins Utilities of Colorado with the Directors Award in the organization's Distribution System Optimization Program. FCU is the first utility in the state, and among the first in the nation, to receive the prestigious award.

Jul 22nd, 2015

DENVER, CO, July 22, 2015 -- The Partnership for Safe Water (PSW), a program developed by the American Water Works Association (AWWA), Environmental Protection Agency, and associated partner organizations, recently announced that it has presented Fort Collins Utilities (FCU) of Colorado with the Directors Award in the organization's Distribution System Optimization Program. FCU is the first utility in the state, and among the first in the nation, to receive the prestigious award.

To receive this honor, FCU first had to complete a comprehensive assessment that evaluated its water distribution operations and performance, identified limiting factors, and developed action plans to achieve system optimization. The results of the assessment were compiled into a nationally-reviewed report by industry experts. The success of planned maintenance, advanced meters, proactive leak detection, and staff operations were highlighted in the review.

"Being recognized for producing and distributing some of the highest-quality water in North America, even with the challenges associated with the forest fires of 2012 and the floods of 2013, shows the talents and dedication of Fort Collins Utilities employees," said FCU Operations Manager Jon Haukaas.

This spring, FCU also received the milestone 15-year Partnership award for the Water Treatment Facility. The two awards (for excellence in water production and for ensuring water quality throughout the distribution system) were presented at AWWA's Annual Conference & Exhibition (ACE15), the largest worldwide organization dedicated to safe water.

See also:

"NC water utility earns 10-Year Directors Award from Partnership for Safe Water"

"American Water receives 29 national awards for water quality excellence"


About the Partnership for Safe Water

The Partnership for Safe Water is a voluntary self-assessment and optimization program for water treatment plant and distribution system operation. More than 220 utility subscribers, collectively serving more than 100 million people, are committed to the Partnership's goals of providing safe, high-quality drinking water through achieving operational excellence in water treatment. Partnership members participate in a rigorous four-phase self-assessment and peer review process, developed by industry experts and are recognized for their commitment to delivering safe water to their communities. For more information, click here.

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