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AWWA and the Partnership's partner organizations offer timely, relevant and in-depth knowledge and information about the optimization of drinking water treatment plants and distribution systems. Visit this page regularly to access valuable news, media releases, features and insights that help utilities improve operations and performance.

Barb Martin and Tom Schippert shown in AWWA's Lynn Laskey Center alongside American Ductile Iron Pipe's very unique gift of a hydrant table.  Hydrants are one of the 19 Performance Improvement Variables evaluated in the distribution system self-assessment process.

Summer 2016

Letter from Partnership Staff

"In the West, when you touch water, you touch everything.” – Wayne N. Aspinall

Water utility professionals, particularly Partnership for Safe Water subscribers, understand the value of water. Although water is a driving force everywhere, it is of particular importance in the arid states of the desert southwest - including western Colorado where a trio of Partnership utilities supply safe, high quality water, despite treating a sometimes challenging raw water source.

Access the full letter to learn more about how the achievements of these utilities highlight the versatility of Partnership programs.


News, Features & Media Releases

Read about recent news and happenings from the Partnership, and access the full archive of articles below:

The Partnership for Safe Water's new treatment plant self-assessment guidance, Self-Assessment for Water Treatment Plant Optimization, was released in 2015.  This new guidance was created to help utilities apply the Partnership's proven self-assessment framework to today's modern water treatment technologies, as well as to help clarify the self-assessment process.  Release of the new guidance also brings with it some changes to the self-assessment process and completion report structure.  Access this article to learn more about these upcoming changes.
In his Fall 2016 letter, Partnership for Safe Water PEAC-Treatment Chair, Kevin Linder from Aurora Water (Colorado), provides some helpful advice, encouraging water utilities to work as a team to capture lessons learned from the summer's water operations experience and be better prepared for the future.  Read the full letter to learn more about implementing this proactive step and find out more about upcoming changes to the treatment plant self-assessment process, based on the 2015 version of Self-Assessment for Water Treatment Plant Optimization.
Recently returned from a 3500 mile cross-country road trip, Partnership for Safe Water Steering Committee Chair, Mike Barsotti from Champlain Water District (Vermont), relates his experiences to the Partnership program in his Fall 2016 letter.  Access the full letter to learn more about some of the Partnership for Safe Water's latest developments and steps the program is taking to bring the Partnership's optimization resources and benefits to a growing number of utilities across North America - and worldwide.
Partnership staff and volunteers are excited to announce the launch of the Partnership for Clean Water!  Officially introduced at ACE16, the Partnership for Clean Water is a global optimization and recognition program for wastewater utilities, established to parallel the Partnership for Safe Water.  Access this article to learn more about this innovative new program that brings Partnership resources and benefits to a growing utility audience.
ACE16 proved to be a successful conference for the Partnership for Safe Water program. Partnership staff and volunteers celebrated the achievements of 42 utilities, in 23 states, at the Partnership for Safe Water Annual Awards Luncheon, and representatives from more than 50 Partnership for Safe Water subscriber utilities shared their knowledge with the water community in the conference’s professional sessions. Access this article for a full recap of the Partnership's ACE16 events.
Annual data reports are currently being accepted for the treatment plant and distribution system optimization programs. Treatment plant and distribution system data is an important component of the Partnership program, as it enables the program's long-term impact on water utility performance to be quantified. Learn about the annual reporting process by accessing this news item. Once complete, annual data, narrative reports, and compliance statements may be submitted to:
Thanks to generous support from Pennsylvania Section AWWA and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania continues to be the leading state for Partnership for Safe Water participation. Seven Pennsylvania utilities were recently recognized at ACE16 for their Partnership achievements, including 5-Year Excellence in Water Treatment Award winner, Carlisle Borough Municipal Authority. Read this article, contributed by Pennsylvania AWWA Partnership for Safe Water representative, Paul Zielinski, to learn how Pennsylvania organizations provided local recognition to Carlisle Borough.
Directors Award recipient Clifton Water District (Colorado) has participated in the Partnership for Safe Water program for more than 20 years. Partnership staff recently had the opportunity to attend an open house and dedication ceremony in which the district highlighted their recent water treatment plant upgrades, implemented to enable to the plant to deliver safe, high quality water and protect public health for many years to come. Access this article to learn about how the Partnership process played a role in Clifton Water District's successful project.


Learn about Partnership for Safe Water awards and congratulate the Partnership's newest award recipients!

Utilities receiving new awards during January-August 2016 are listed below.  For a full list of award winners, including longevity awards presented at ACE16, visit the Partnership Awards page.

Directors Award - Treatment
Long Beach Water Department, CA
Long Beach Water Department Groundwater Treatment Plant

City of Grand Junction, CO
City of Grand Junction Water Treatment Plant

Marshalltown Water Works, IA
Marshalltown Water Works Water Treatment Plant

WaterOne - Water District No. 1 of Johnson County, KS
Hansen & Wolcott Water Treatment Plants

Lake County Department of Utilities, OH
Aquarius (West) & Bacon Road (East) Water Treatment Plants

Presidents Award – Treatment
Water Works Board of the City of Birmingham, AL
Carson Filter Plant & Putnam Filter Plant

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, CA
Robert B. Diemer Filtration Plant

Austin Water Utility, TX
Albert H. Ullrich Water Treatment Plant

Phase IV Excellence in Water Treatment Award
Aurora Water, CO
Peter D. Binney Water Purification Facility

Directors Award - Distribution
Marshalltown Water Works
Marshalltown, IA

San Jacinto River Authority - Woodlands Division
The Woodlands, TX


Welcome to the recent new & returning Partnership for Safe Water utility subscribers:

Alberta, Canada
City of Calgary Water Services (Distribution)

Marina Coast Water District (Distribution)

City of Thornton (Treatment)
Parker Water & Sanitation District (Treatment)

Ontario, Canada
Regional Municipality of Halton (Treatment)

Village of Gurnee (Distribution)

Citizens Energy Group (Treatment & Distribution)

City of Ann Arbor Public Utilities Department (Treatment)

Kansas City Water Department (Treatment)

North Carolina
City of Sanford (Treatment & Distribution)

Birdsboro Municipal Authority (Treatment)
East Greenville Borough Water Department (Distribution)

City of Winchester (Treatment)

Tapping In - AWWA Announcements

Partnership for Safe Water - Coming Soon to a Conference Near You!

Look for Partnership representatives and presentations at the following conferences and meetings:


Rocky Mountain Section Joint Annual Conference - Keystone, CO (September 13-16)

Ohio Section AWWA Annual Conference - Cincinnati, OH (September 13-16)

Iowa Section AWWA Annual Conference - Altoona, IA (October 4-6)

California/Nevada Section AWWA Fall Conference - San Diego, CA (October 24-27)

AWWA Water Infrastructure Conference - Phoenix, AZ (October 30-Nov 2)

Water Quality Technology Conference - Indianapolis, IN (November 13-17)


More Partnership for Safe Water conference appearances coming in 2017.



Visit the Partnership's resources page (or the links below) for case studies, tech-tips, webinars, the Getting Optimized series, newsletter archives and more:

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April 2016 Tech-Tip:
TECH-TIP: Ensuring Water Quality Data Integrity
The integrity of water quality data is critical to the water treatment plant and distribution system optimization process.  Making appropriate data-driven decisions for process control depends on having accurate and representative data.  In this article, contributed by Partnership Sr. Manager, Barb Martin, readers can learn more about strategies that may be implemented to help ensure the collection of water quality data that is "beyond reproach."  

The Partnership presents Webinars related to treatment and distribution system optimization as a subscriber benefit to program participants. Access: Emerging Regulations and Water Quality Concerns Webinar, presented by Keith Cartnick, Sr. Director of Water Quality and Compliance with United Water.

April 2016 News (above)
October 2013 Newsletter
July 2013 Newsletter
Newsletter Archive

Plus, a wealth of additional information is available on the resources page - learn about:
AWWA Journal
AWWA Opflow - Getting Optimized Series
AWWA Events Calendar
AWWA Store
Partnership Contacts


AWWA Events Calendar

Identification of Tidal Wetland Plants
October 03, 2016 / Tuckerton, NJ

2nd Edition - GCC Waste Management & Recycling Forum, Dubai 2016
October 04, 2016 / Dubai, Dubai United Arab Emirates

Iowa Section Annual Conference
October 04, 2016 / Altoona, IA

Western Canada Section Annual Conference
October 04, 2016 / Calgary, AB Canada

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Partnership Contacts

Michael Barsotti
Partnership Steering Committee Chair

Tel: 802.864.7454 Ext. 102

Jack Wang
Partnership PEAC-Distribution Chair
Tel: 502.569.3630

Kevin Linder
Partnership PEAC-Treatment Chair 

Tel: 720.859.4701


Partnership for Safe Water/ AWWA
6666 West Quincy Ave.
Denver, CO  80235-3098

Barb Martin

Partnership Program Manager
Tel: 303.347.6220

Tom Schippert
Partnership Program Coordinator
Tel: 303.347.6169


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