Orange Water and Sewer Authority Receives Partnership for Safe Water Award

The Jones Ferry Road Water Treatment Plant staff at the Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) in Carrboro, N.C., has received the 10-Year Directors Award from the?Partnership for Safe Water.

OWASA was one of a select group of utilities honored by the?Partnership?at the recent annual conference of the American Water Works Association (ACE15), the largest and oldest worldwide organization dedicated to safe water. OWASA staff received the award for successfully maintaining a high level of performance for 10 years.

OWASA initially received a Directors Award in 2005 by completing a self-assessment and peer review including a comprehensive evaluation of treatment plant operations and performance, identification of performance limiting factors, and the development of action plans to achieve optimization.? In 2011, OWASA received the?Partnership?s award for Excellence in Water Treatment and in 2013 OWASA received a Directors Award for optimizing operation of the drinking water distribution system (pipes, etc.).

?We are honored to receive the 10-year award,? said Ken Loflin, OWASA?s Water Treatment and Supply Manager. ?Our goal is to continually optimize operations and improve the quality of water we deliver to our customers. The 10-Year Directors Award demonstrates our ongoing commitment to protecting public health.?

The?Partnership for Safe Water?is an alliance of the American Water Works Association, Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, Association of State Drinking Water Administrators, United States Environmental Protection Agency, National Association of Water Companies and the Water Research Foundation.

The?Partnership?provides a voluntary self-assessment and optimization program for water treatment plant and distribution system operations. More than 250 utilities, 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 water utility optimization experts, and are recognized for their commitment to delivering safe water to their communities.

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