DENVER, CO - Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) has received a national award for maintaining the Directors Award of recognition from the Partnership for Safe Water, a national volunteer initiative developed by EPA and other water organizations representing water suppliers striving to provide their communities with drinking water quality that surpasses the required federal standards. The Directors Award is presented to water systems who have completed a successful review in the Partnership’s Self-Assessment and Peer Review phase, a phase in which utilities examine the capabilities of their treatment plant operation and administration and then create a plan for implementing improvements. Metropolitan’s F. E. Weymouth, Henry J. Mills, Joseph Jensen, Robert B. Diemer and Robert A. Skinner water treatment plants have maintained the Directors Award for five years, an honor achieved by only 65 water utilities across the country.



“This award by the Partnership for Safe Water acknowledges Metropolitan’s accomplishments in attaining the highest excellence in water treatment that protects public health,” said MWD General Manager Jeff Kightlinger. “In coming years, Metropolitan will invest about $234 million to retrofit our five water treatment facilities and bring a greater margin of safety to our water supply and meet future, more stringent standards.”



The award was presented to the Metropolitan’s Board of Directors at their meeting on October 11, 2006, by the following Partnership representatives:

-Dr. Robert Cheng, Program Effectiveness Assessment Committee Chairperson

-Jack Hoffbuhr, Executive Director, American Water Works Association

- Steven John, Director of Region 9 of the United States Environmental Protection Agency

-Robert Renner, Executive Director, Awwa Research Foundation



Developed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other water organizations striving to provide optimum quality drinking water, the Partnership currently includes more than 200 water utilities, collectively serving more than 85 million people. This represents 60% of the U.S. population served by surface water systems. Metropolitan’s ongoing participation in the program includes a rigorous review of treatment practices developed by national experts, and also includes a four-step, self-assessment and peer-review process.



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The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a cooperative of 26 cities and water agencies serving 18 million people in six counties. The district imports water from the Colorado River and Northern California to supplement local supplies, and helps its members to develop increased water conservation, recycling, storage and other resource-management programs.



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 American Water Works Association Research Foundation.



CONTACTS:

Kylah Hedding

AWWA
Phone (303) 956-8030

Email: khedding@awwa.org



Bob Muir

Metropolitan Water District

Phone: (213) 217-6930

Email: rmuir@mwdh2o.com