American Water Works Company, Inc. has received four Partnership for Safe Water awards for excellence in performance at its Philipsburg Water Treatment Plant and Huntsville Water Treatment Plant in Pennsylvania. The awards were presented at a special event during the annual American Water Works Association (AWWA) conference in Boston on June 9.
The Philipsburg facility was awarded the Phase IV Presidents Award, which is given to plants that have met the highest filter performance goals for turbidity -- the most advanced goals achievable throughout the four-phase program. The facility is the first of American Water's plants and the fourth in Pennsylvania to receive the prestigious Presidents Award. The Philipsburg Water Treatment Plant has been part of the program since 1996 and received its first recognition in 1999, when it was presented with its first Directors Award.
The second plant, Huntsville Water Treatment Plant, was recognized for maintaining its Phase III Directors Award status for five consecutive years. This year, the total number of awards given to American Water facilities reached 68, accounting for almost a third of all plants recognized for achievements in Phase III of the program across the country.
According to Susan Story, president and chief executive officer of American Water, the company aims to meet the most stringent performance goals at its facilities and the recognition received by its plants is proof that this strategy is working well.