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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How the treatment plant optimization program works

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 is comprised of four phases:

Phase I: Commitment

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

Download Partnership for Safe Water Fact Sheet

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.

Download Baseline Data requirements
Download Annual Report requirements

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.

Download Updated Phase III Checklist (for use with 2015 version self-assessment guidance)

Note: The Partnership for Safe Water recently updated the program's treatment plant self-assessment guidance. Contact Partnership staff with questions and visit the Requirements and Reports page for additional details and information.

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.

Presidents Award Guidelines
Phase IV Excellence in Water Treatment Award Guidelines

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

Groundwater Addendum

The Partnership for Safe Water opened to participation by groundwater treatment facilities in 2016. Groundwater treatment plants that apply a filtration process
participate in the Partnership for Safe Water’s Treatment Plant Optimization Program, and follow the Program’s Treatment Plant Self-Assessment guidance to
complete a Groundwater Treatment Plant Self-Assessment.

View the Groundwater Addendum

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.


Contact the Partnership

Call us at: 303.347.6169