American Water receives 29 national awards for water quality excellence

June 15, 2015
American Water recently announced that it has received 29 Partnership for Safe Water awards.

VOORHEES, NJ, June 15, 2015 -- American Water (AW), the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company, recently announced that it has 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.

Nationally, just over 400 surface water treatment plants are part of Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Partnership for Safe Water Program, a voluntary effort designed to increase protection against microbial contamination through treatment optimization. AW accounts for about 20 percent of the participating plants nationwide and has received more Partnership for Safe Water awards than any other utility nationwide. As a member of the Partnership for Safe Water, the company demonstrates its commitment to improve the quality of drinking water delivered to customers by optimizing system operations.

Pennsylvania AW's Clarion Water Treatment Plant and Norristown Water Treatment Plant, for example, have received the elite 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 very stringent individual filter performance goals for turbidity. Pennsylvania AW's facilities have been participating in the Partnership since 1996; it now has three surface water treatment plants that have received the Phase-IV Presidents Award.

AW's Contract Services Group was recognized with its first Phase-III Directors Award of Recognition for its North Brunswick Water Treatment Plant in New Jersey. AW accounts for approximately 30 percent of the plants receiving the program's Phase-III Director Award. Likewise, West Virginia AW'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, AW accounts for about one-third of all plants that have received the Five-Year Phase-III award nationwide.

The following AW 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

New Jersey American Water

  • Delaware River Regional Water Treatment Plant
  • Raritan-Millstone Water Treatment Plant

Tennessee American Water

  • Citico 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

American Water accounts for approximately 45 percent of the plants receiving the Fifteen-Year Phase-III Award. AW's Military Services Groupwas recognized with two Phase-III Directors Awards for Distribution for the water distribution systems it manages for Fort Sill, Okla., and Fort Hood, Texas.

See also:

"American Water raises record-setting funds for 'Water For People' campaign"

"American Water announces James LaFrankie Scholarship Awards recipients"

About American Water

Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs approximately 6,400 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in more than 45 states and parts of Canada. For more information, visit


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