South Burlington, VT - Champlain Water District's Peter L. Jacob Water Treatment Facility has received the prestigious Phase IV "15-Year Excellence in Water Treatment" Award from the Partnership for Safe Water. Champlain Water District is the first and only utility in North America to date to achieve this highly significant longevity award, honoring superior water treatment process optimization and performance.
Phase IV represents the highest possible level of performance that can be achieved in the four-phase Partnership program, and signifies fully optimized facility performance that produces water quality well surpassing required federal standards. Champlain Water District has participated in the Partnership for Safe Water program since November 1995, and was the first facility to receive the program's Excellence in Water Treatment Award in 1999.
"Receiving the Partnership's 15-Year Excellence in Water Treatment Award highlights our ongoing commitment to water quality by the entire utility staff and elected governing Board. It's a very meaningful achievement, and is an indicator of Champlain Water District's (CWD) dedication to optimize operations to protect public health. Ensuring public health protection by improving the quality of the water delivered to our 70,000 customers has always been our mission as a drinking water supplier," said Jim Fay, CWD General Manager.
The Partnership for Safe Water is a voluntary self-assessment and optimization program for water treatment facility and distribution system operations. Utility subscribers, collectively serving more than I00 million people across North America, 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 treatment experts, and are recognized for their commitment to delivering safe water to their communities.
The Partnership for Safe Water is sponsored by 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.
Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 50,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life.