Partnership for Safe Water

Partnership for Safe Water

Working together to optimize water systems

The Partnership for Safe Water is an unprecedented alliance of six prestigious drinking water organizations. The PSW's mission is to improve the quality of water delivered to customers by optimizing water system operations. The PSW offers self-assessment and optimization programs so that operators, managers and administrators have the tools to improve performance above and beyond even proposed regulatory levels.

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Partnership for Safe Water turned 25! We celebrated this milestone anniversary with the help of our partners at the AWWA California-Nevada Section and produced a virtual conference devoted to the latest treatment plant and distribution system optimization methods on July 27-29, 2021.

Session Topics Included: Evolution of Partnership Programs, PSWT Phase IV Application Guidance, PSWT Piloting and Optimization, Importance of the Distribution System Optimization Program, PCW Energy Optimization, PSWT Optimization, DSOP Using Innovative Tools to Address Water Quality, Utility Management, National Optimization Perspective, Groundwater/Source Water, Collecting and Managing Data in Your Distribution System, Maintenance and Treatment, Recycle Reuse Desalination, Workforce, COVID Emergency Response

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Watch the recorded sessions from our virtual conference! Please note that most of the sessions are available. We are working on converting remaining videos. 

Sessions from Day 1, July 27, 2021

Sessions from Day 2, July 28, 2021

Sessions from Day 3, July 29, 2021

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We turned 25 this year!

With the 25th anniversary of Partnership for Safe Water, it’s fitting that we’ve polished our logo and brand. Access our updated logos below.

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Treatment Plant Optimization

Treatment plants have consistently improved water quality and received valuable recognition with customers and regulators. Utilities report performance improvement without major capital spending.

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Distribution System Optimization

The Distribution System Optimization Program provides resources for assessment and improvement of drinking water distribution system operations and performance.

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Awards & Recognition

Partnership for Safe Water awards provide positive recognition throughout the water community. 

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Our Partners

The Partnership for Safe Water is an alliance of six drinking water organizations:


Read Opflow’s June cover article! 

When Vermont's Champlain Water District established its source water protection and monitoring practices years ago, it relied on Partnership for Safe Water and in-house expertise. The district was the first water supplier in the United States to receive the Partnership's Excellence in Water Treatment Award and has become a role model for water utilities across North America.

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The Partnership for Safe Water program will celebrate a major milestone in 2020 with its 25th anniversary! The original program, launched in 1995, was dedicated to providing self‐assessment resources to help water utilities continuously improve and optimize treatment processes and water quality at their surface water treatment plants. The program's ultimate goal is to maximize public health protection.

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Todd Brewer, Senior Manager-Partnership Programs and Brian Haws, recent past PEAC-D Chair presented a webcast for Texas-AWWA in January 2020 on the Multiple Barrier Treatment Concept and Optimization Programs for Maximum public health.

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Todd Brewer, Senior Manager-Partnership Programs, was interviewed by the New York Times for background information on the Partnership Distribution Program in relation to an article on the main break rate (and related repair/replacement practices) observed in New York City.

Read the interview