American Water Works Company, Inc. (NYSE: AWK), the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company, is proud to announce the achievement of four Partnership for Safe Water awards. One plant is receiving a Presidents Award, one plant is receiving an award for maintaining Phase III certification for five years and two systems are being presented with the company’s first-ever Phase III Directors Award for Distribution System Optimization Program. The awards were presented today during the 2014 American Water Works Association Annual Conference in Boston, Mass.
Pennsylvania American Water’s Philipsburg Water Treatment Plant has received the elite Phase IV Presidents Award recognition. Phase IV goals are the highest possible level of performance that can be achieved in the four-phase program. The Presidents’ Award recognizes achieving Phase IV’s very stringent individual filter performance goals for turbidity. Pennsylvania American Water’s facility has been participating in the Partnership since 1996, and is a member of the distribution system program. The Philipsburg plant received its first Directors Award in 1999. It is the first plant in American Water’s footprint and only the fourth treatment plant in Pennsylvania to receive the Presidents Award.
“Having one of our plants reach such an elite status is a very significant achievement in our ongoing efforts to meet stringent performance goals,” said Susan Story, President and Chief Executive Officer. “At American Water, we hold ourselves to the highest standards in delivering clean, high-quality drinking water to the people we serve – so we're pleased to be among the select few companies to achieve this national recognition from the Partnership. This accomplishment is a true testament to our employees’ expertise, dedication to excellence and commitment to protecting public health.”
Another Pennsylvania American Water facility, the Huntsville Water Treatment Plant, is also being recognized in 2014 for maintaining the Phase III Directors Award status for five years. With a total of 68 surface water treatment plants recognized, American Water accounts for about 30 percent of all plants that have received the Phase III award nationwide.