Oak creek Water Utility to receive national award
One of 16 utilities recognized for commitment to improving water quality
OAK CREEK – June 11, 2003 – Oak Creek Water
and Sewer will be recognized by the American Water Works Association (AWWA) as one
of 16 elite utilities committed to continuously improving water quality beyond
current regulatory requirements. As part of the Partnership for Safe Water
Program, the “Five-Year Director’s Award” will be presented at an AWWA Annual
Conference ceremony in
“Participating in this program over the past five years assures consumers as well as local, state, and federal officials that we are on the leading edge of providing the safest, cleanest drinking water possible at reasonable rates,” said Steven N. Yttri, utility general manager. “The award symbolizes the contributions of all utility employees who seek more effective, efficient ways to produce high quality water.”
According to the most recent AWWA Partnership Annual Report, data from 152 utilities participating in the program show water turbidity decreases of more than 50 percent compared to turbidity levels prior to joining the program. Water turbidity levels indicate water quality.
“These results are even more impressive considering the majority of the water treatment plants, including our own, were performing very well even before joining the Partnership for Safe Water,” said Patrick Francis, utility treatment plant manager. “This program provides us with the latest tools to continuously assess and improve water treatment techniques, enhancing our ability to prevent problems.”
What is the Partnership for Safe Water?
The Partnership is a voluntary cooperative effort between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), AWWA and other drinking water organizations throughout the