South Carolina water company Greenville Water has been awarded the Phase IV Presidents Award from the Partnership for Safe Water -- an acknowledgement of the outstanding performance of its water treatment plant.
The Partnership for Safe Water is a self-assessment program that water utilities voluntarily join with the goal to optimize their services and improve the quality of the water they provide. It was developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the American Water Works Association and other water organizations and includes more than 220 utilities, serving a total of 85 million people.
Greenville Water, one of the oldest participants, owns more than 26,000 acres of mountain watersheds. Its Stovall water treatment plant uses an innovative filtration/treatment technique known as Dissolved Air Flotation, which allows it to treat up to 75 million gallons of water per day. Thanks to this technology, Greenville Water has been recognized for its achievements in water service. The Phase IV Presidents Award is handed out to utilities that have met the most stringent quality standards and is quite rarely awarded, the American Water Works Association said in a statement.
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David Bereskin, chief executive officer of Greenville Water, commented that the award was a major milestone for the company and proof of its commitment to provide high quality water to its 450,000 customers and to promote a sustainable future for Upstate South Carolina.
Greenville Water has participated in the Partnership for Safe Water treatment program since 2001.