Distribution systems in the Partnership program demonstrate that they are continuously committed to optimization. Participating systems can benchmark their performance in relation to other utilities in their region and across North America. All distribution systems that add a residual disinfectant and are interested in improving performance are invited to participate in the program.
Learn about the program's benefits (PDF)
The distribution system optimization program is based on four distinct phases:
Phase I: Commitment
Distribution systems commit to engaging staff in data collection, self-assessment and optimization.
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Phase II: Data Collection
Systems collect disinfectant data for annual submission. The data is included in the Partnership's
Download getting started information
(PDF), and download baseline data requirements
Phase III: Self-Assessment
The Phase III Self Assessment Completion Report is required to receive the Directors Award. Learn how utilities prioritize and focus their report; and, access the checklist to better understand report elements:
Learn about prioritizing and focusing
Download Phase III Checklist
Download Self-Assessment Template
Download Sample Self-Assessment Report
* Prior to beginning a Phase III self-assessment, please email Barb Martin
or call (303) 347-6220
** Note about developing the self-assessment process and report:
It is very important to note that Phase III is a process that focuses on active participation of as many utility staff as possible to conduct a thorough and candid self-assessment. The ultimate goal is identification of factors limiting optimal performance; and, development of associated action plans to feasibly address these performance limiting factors in a timely fashion. This report is provided because it is an excellent example of the outputs and outcomes of the previously described self-assessment process; however, it is not intended to provide an example of optimal distribution system operational procedures or modes of operation.
Phase IV: Optimized Performance
The Phase IV Excellence in Distribution System Optimization Award recognizes utilities that have achieved the highest level of optimization and are committed to continuous improvement.
Utility participants are required to report data and information as part of their annual submission.
Learn About Requirements and Reports