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Partnership for Safe Water recognizes two Nevada treatment plants

Two Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) water treatment plants operated by member-agency Las Vegas Valley Water District have earned the Partnership for Safe Water’s most prestigious award within the past year.

The River Mountains Water Treatment Facility and the Alfred Merritt Smith Water Treatment Facility, both of which serve the Las Vegas metropolitan area, received the Excellence in Water Treatment Award (in August 2018 and February 2019, respectively) for meeting stringent performance and comprehensive operations goals for drinking water utility operations at treatment facilities.

“This experience made our staff a closer team,” said Kevin Fisher, director of water quality and treatment at SNWA. “We are all so proud to participate in the PartnershipThe River Mountains Water Treatment Plant program. The process made us better.”

The River Mountains and Alfred Merritt Smith treatment facilities join just 16 other water systems out of the 50,000 in the United States that have earned the top-level optimization designation. (Pictured at right, River Mountains, courtesy of SNWA)

Partnership for Safe Water is an alliance of six drinking water organizations, including the American Water Works Association. It was founded in 1995 to advance the delivery of safe water following a deadly cryptosporidium outbreak in Milwaukee, Wis.

The other alliance members are the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators, the National Association of Water Companies, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Water Research Foundation. There are 282 utilities participating in the treatment program and 173 in the distribution program.

Alfred Merritt Water Treatment PlantThe Alfred Merritt Smith facility was built in 1971 and treats most of the valley’s drinking water sourced from Lake Mead, serving more than two million customers. Improvements to the facility enhanced the plant’s reliability and increased capacity to treat 600 million gallons a day. The facility added ozone treatment in 2003.

In 2002, River Mountains began delivering water treated with ozonation and sodium hypochlorite. It currently treats up to 300 million gallons of water a day and can accommodate growth up to 600 million gallons of treated water a day. (Pictured at left, Alfred Merritt Smith, courtesy of SNWA)