In 2007 the Partnership and the Water Research Foundation developed a project to help distribution systems optimize operations. Modeled after the treatment program, membership in the distribution program ensures that water quality improvements can be measured and validated over time.
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
The distribution system optimization program is based on four distinct phases:
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.
The Directors and Presidents Awards for the Distribution System Optimization Program focus on self-assessment and continuous improvement planning. Directors Award recipients are selected based on the merits of the Phase III Completion Report, not solely on numerical results. Partnership volunteers review reports and confer awards, highlighting the system's outstanding performance and commitment to the community and regulators. Discover the utilities that have been recognized for outstanding water distribution system performance by visiting the Award Winning Utilities and Plants webpage.
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