New Jersey, North Carolina Plants Receive Partnership for Safe Water Awards

New Jersey American Water’s Jumping Brook Treatment Plant in Neptune, N.J., has received the 15-Year Directors Award of Recognition from the Partnership for Safe Water, a program developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and associated Partner organizations to guide water suppliers toward improving water quality by optimizing system operations.

The Jumping Brook Treatment Plant was presented this award for successfully completing the Self-Assessment and Peer Review phase of the Partnership program, which includes comprehensive evaluation of treatment plant operations and performance, identification of performance limiting factors and the development of action plans to achieve optimization.

The plant will be one of a select group of utilities honored by the Partnership at the annual conference of the AWWA, the largest and oldest worldwide organization dedicated to safe water.

“We are very honored to receive this award,” said Kevin Keane, senior director of operations for the region. “Our goal is to continually strive to optimize operations and improve the quality of water we deliver to our customers. Achievement of the Directors Award demonstrates our ongoing commitment to protecting public health.”

The Partnership for Safe Water is a voluntary, self-assessment and optimization program for water treatment plant and distribution system operations. More than 250 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 nationally for their commitment to delivering safe water to their communities.

Orange Water and Sewer Authority Plant honored for Outstanding Performance

The Orange Water and Sewer Authority’s (OWASA) Jones Ferry Water Treatment Plant in Carrboro, N.C., recently received the prestigious Phase IV 5-Year Excellence in Water Treatment Award from the Partnership for Safe Water. OWASA is one of only nine utilities to date to achieve this highly significant longevity award, honoring superior water treatment plant optimization and performance.

Phase IV represents the highest possible level of performance that can be achieved in the four-phase Partnership for Safe Water program and signifies fully optimized plant performance that produces water quality surpassing required federal standards. The OWASA has participated in the Partnership for Safe Water program since 2002, and the Jones Ferry Water Treatment Plant received the program’s Phase IV Excellence in Water Treatment Award in 2011. The plant has been recognized for its outstanding performance with Partnership awards several times over the past five years, most recently receiving the program’s 10-Year Directors Award in June 2015.

“Receiving the 5-Year Excellence in Water Treatment Award highlights our ongoing commitment to water quality by the entire utility staff. It’s a very significant achievement, and a key aspect of our ongoing efforts to optimize operations,” said Kenneth Loflin, Water Treatment and Supply Manager. “Ensuring public health protection by improving the quality of the water delivered to our customers remains a steadfast goal that we continuously strive to meet and exceed.”

The Partnership for Safe Water is a self-assessment program for water treatment plant and distribution system optimization. More than 250 utility subscribers, collectively serving more than 100 million people, commit to the Partnership’s goals of providing safe, high-quality drinking water by achieving operational excellence in water treatment or distribution. Partnership utility subscribers participate in a rigorous four-phase self-assessment and peer review process, developed by water optimization experts, and achieve recognition for their commitment to the delivery of safe water for their communities.

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