Partnership for Safe Water Treatment

Treatment Plant Optimization

More than 250 utilities and 400 treatment plants consistently provide the highest quality drinking water possible to 85 million people... and counting. Become a Partnership for Safe Water subscriber and helps ensure the production and delivery of safe, high quality water.

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Program Eligibility

Drinking water utilities of all sizes are invited to participate in the program, as long as they provide filtered surface water or groundwater and plan to optimize their treatment plants to improve performance.

The Treatment Plant Optimization Program has Four Steps:

Phase 1

Phase I: Commitment

An honest commitment is required so that utilities are fully engaged in the optimization process.

Phase 2

Phase II: Baseline & Annual Data Collection

Baseline and annual data is submitted for inclusion in the Partnership for Safe Water's annual report and to measure improvement.

Phase 3

Phase III: Self-Assessment

The Phase III Self-Assessment Completion Report is the basis for the Directors Award and reviewed by treatment plant optimization experts.

Phase 4

Phase IV: Fully Optimized System

Phase IV recognizes the highest level of optimization with exclusive Excellence in Water Treatment Award, and the Presidents Award, recognizing progress towards full optimization.

Reporting Data

Treatment plants are required to report turbidity data and optimization information as part of the program's Annual Reporting process.

Learn about Requirements and Reports

Treatment Program Awards

The Partnership for Safe Water's awards offer a unique opportunity for utilities to be recognized for the high-quality water they deliver throughout their community and to share the new with regulators, the media and customers.


Directors Award

Awarded based on a peer-reviewed self-assessment of plant operations and water quality data, the Directors Award establishes utilities as high-performing providers of safe drinking water.

Longevity Awards

Partnership subscribers' enduring commitment to optimization is celebrated at 5-year intervals, with awards recognizing 5, 10, and 15 years of optimization and beyond.

Presidents Award

More stringent performance requirements recognize treatment plants that achieve the Partnership's rigorous individual filter effluent turbidity standards and are working to full optimization.

Excellence Award

The highest level of Partnership awards, the Phase IV Excellence Award celebrates achieving the most rigorous of requirements and realizing full system optimization.