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Spring 2018 Letter from
Partnership Staff

“Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.” - Mark Twain

It is Spring, and change is in the air!

Since the publication of the last Partnership newsletter in Winter 2017, much change has happened! Notably, the Partnership now has a new Senior Manager. I (Todd Brewer) have made a change in my career path and enthusiastically stepped into the role of Senior Manager – Partnership Programs, filling the position vacated by Barb Martin’s promotion to Director – Engineering and Technical Services here at AWWA. I come to the Partnership role with more than 20 years’ experience and service in the drinking water utility industry, while also teaching at the University level during that time. I also have several years’ experience with the Partnership Programs as a volunteer, reviewer, and Vice Chair – particularly with the Distribution System Optimization Program. I am excited and energized to continue the work of the Partnership and to work with all of you – the dedicated professionals who work hard every day to protect public health through the provision of safe drinking water!

Partnership staff shown honoring AWWA's Sections at the "Court of the Sections" at Denver headquarters. 
Access the full letter to learn more about how Partnership programs encourage teamwork among utility staff and program volunteers, alike.

 

News, Features & Media Releases

Read about recent news and happenings from the Partnership, and access the full archive of articles below:

4/26/2018

Barb Martin, former Sr. Manager of the Partnership and now Director of AWWA's Engineering & Technical Services Division, ran the Boston Marathon in just over four hours in heavy rain and cold weather - considered the most difficult running conditions in 30 years! ...

4/26/2018

The Partnership held its third Summit in the series for the Rocky Mountain Region on April 18. More than 55 guests attended in the spirit of continuous improvement to share their optimization knowledge and experiences...

4/26/2018

I am amazed at the activity and very positive developments with the Partnership In the first four months of 2018. This past January, the Partnership named a new Senior Manager as the previous Senior Manager, Barb Martin, assumed the AWWA Engineering and Technical Services Directors role after 5 + years with the Partnership program. The new Senior Manager, who began in late January and has been introduced to many subscribers, is Todd Brewer. His previous employer is City Utilities of Springfield in Missouri, and Mr. Brewer has participated in the Partnership for more than seven years and is a long-term AWWA member of more than 25 years! Welcome Todd! I encourage you to introduce you and your utility to Todd at AWWA and Partnership events and by contacting him at AWWA headquarters in Denver...

1/25/2018

DENVER, CO – January 25, 2018 – The Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) in North Carolina recently received the prestigious Presidents Award for Distribution System Operation from the Partnership for Safe Water. OWASA is only the third utility in the United States, to date, to achieve this award. The Partnership is a...

12/10/2017
Over the past several years, the Partnership for Safe Water has continued to support the water sector with programs that focus on optimizing operations and performance at drinking water utilities.  This has resulted in a growing number of drinking water utilities able to benefit from Partnership for Safe Water program participation.  Access the Winter 2017 letter from Partnership for Safe Water Steering Committee Chair, Mike Barsotti of Champlain Water District (VT), to learn more about exciting new plans to help the Partnership better meet the unique needs of small drinking water systems.
12/10/2017
Treatment in the winter, especially for a plant treating high-quality surface water, can almost seem like the plant can be switched to "auto-pilot".  Colder water temperatures mean lower levels of organics and more consistent raw water quality - the plant just cruises.  Therein lies the risk - complacency.  Read the Winter 2017 letter from Partnership for Safe Water PEAC-Treatment Chair, Kevin Linder from Aurora Water, to learn more about steps that can be taken to present complacency and help ensure the production of high-quality water.
12/7/2017
In 2017, the Partnership for Safe Water’s Distribution System Optimization Program received a great amount of interest and attention from utilities across North America. Interest about the program may be related to a series of factors - including a desire to better manage underground assets and pipelines, to identify factors influencing main break occurrence, to better understand pressure fluctuations so that they may be addressed appropriately, or to evaluate distribution system water quality data relative to Partnership or utility-specific optimization goals.  Access this article to learn more about the program's benefits - and to find out more about updates to the distribution system self-assessment guidance, due to be released in early 2018!

AWARDS

Learn about Partnership for Safe Water awards and congratulate the Partnership's newest award recipients!

Utilities receiving new awards from May to December 2017 are listed below.  For a full list of award winners, including longevity awards presented at ACE17, visit the Partnership Awards page.

Phase IV Excellence in Water Treatment Award
Southern Nevada Water Authority/Las Vegas Valley Water District, NV
River Mountains Water Treatment Facility

Presidents Award – Treatment
Reading Area Water Authority, PA
Maidencreek Filter Plant

Municipal Authority of the Township of Robinson, PA
Groveton Water Treatment Plant

Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, MD
Potomac Water Treatment Plant

Presidents Award – Distribution
Orange Water and Sewer Authority, Carrboro, NC

Directors Award - Treatment
Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc., PA
Ridley Creek Water Treatment Plant

California American Water Company, CA
Begonia Iron Removal Treatment Plant (BIRP)

Citizens Energy Group, IN
White River Water Treatment Plant

City of Longmont, CO 
Nelson-Flanders Water Treatment Plant

Contra Costa Water District, CA
Brentwood Water Treatment Plant

Denver Water, CO
Marston Water Treatment Plant

Elizabethtown Area Water Authority, PA
West High Street Plant

Kentucky American Water
Kentucky River Station II Water Treatment Plant

Westminster Water Department
Semper Water Treatment Facility

Directors Award - Distribution
American Water Military Services - Fort Polk, LA

Aurora Water, CO

City of Raleigh Public Utilities, NC  

D.C. Water, Washington D.C.

El Paso Water, Texas


SUBSCRIBER NEWS

Welcome to the recent new & returning Partnership for Safe Water utility subscribers:

California
California American Water - Monterrey District (Groundwater Treatment)
Coastside County Water District (Treatment)
Pechanga Water Department (Distribution)

Colorado
City of Glenwood Springs (Treatment & Distribution)
City of Cripple Creek Public Works

Florida
American Water: Accoma Aqua/ Tampa Bay Desalination Facility

Kansas
WaterOne (Distribution) 

Maryland
Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works (Distribution)
Easton Utilities (Distribution)

Minnesota
City of St. Cloud (Treatment)

North Carolina
City of Durham Department of Water Management (Treatment)

Ohio
Avon Lake Regional Water (Treatment)

Pennsylvania
Community Utilities of Pennsylvania, Inc. (Distribution)
Shamokin Dam Borough Water Treatment Plant (Distribution)
West View Water Authority - Pittsburgh

South Carolina
Easley Combined Utilities (Distribution)
Joint Municipal Water & Sewer Commission - Lexington (Distribution)

South Dakota
City of Yankton (Treatment)

Tennessee
City of Kingsport Water Services (Distribution)

Texas
Trinity River Authority - Tarrant County Water Supply Project (Treatment) 
Tyler Water Utility (Treatment)

Virginia
Town of Culpeper (Distribution)

Wyoming
City of Lander (Treatment)

CANADA
Ontario
Veolia Water Canada (Treatment)

resources

Visit the Partnership's resources page (or the links below) for case studies, tech-tips, webinars, the Getting Optimized series, newsletter archives and more:

partnership resources

April 2017 Tech-Tip:
Springtime Prompts Review of Treatment Plant Operations
April's Tech-Tip discusses common water treatment plant operational activities that can help treatment plant operators be prepared for seasonal changes and maintain water quality throughout the year.

Video:
Filter profiles are a helpful tool for the assessment of individual filter performance.  Created by graphing turbidity at regular, frequent intervals over the course of a filter run, regularly creating and reviewing filter profiles can help operators evaluate and understand filter performance.  Visit the Partnership Resources page to view an informative video, describing how to create filter profiles using simple software tools.    

Newsletters:
April 2017 News (above)
Newsletter Archive

Plus, a wealth of additional information is available on the resources page - learn about:
AWWA Journal
AWWA Opflow - Getting Optimized Series
AWWA Events Calendar
AWWA Store
Partnership Contacts

 

AWWA Events Calendar

Demystifying Water Loss Webinar
August 22, 2018 / Online

Ohio Section Annual Conference
August 27, 2018 / Columbus, OH

Chesapeake Section Annual Conference
August 28, 2018 / Ocean City, MD

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Partnership Contacts

Michael Barsotti
Partnership Steering Committee Chair
Tel: 802.864.7454 Ext. 102
mike.barsotti@champlainwater.org

Kevin Linder
Partnership  PEAC-Treatment Chair 
Tel: 720.859.4701
klinder@auroragov.org

Brian Haws
Partnership  PEAC-Distribution Chair 
Tel: 512.972.0158
brian.haws@austintexas.gov
Partnership for Safe Water/AWWA
6666 West Quincy Ave.
Denver, CO  80235-3098
partnership@awwa.org
www.awwa.org/partnership

Todd F. Brewer, PhD, PE

Partnership Program Sr. Manager
Tel: 303.347.6207
tbrewer@awwa.org

Tom Schippert
Partnership Program Sr. Coordinator
Tel: 303.347.6169
tschippert@awwa.org
 

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