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2017 Annual Data Summary Report (PDF, 2 MB)

The Partnership's Steering Committee and Staff are pleased to present the 2017 Annual Data Summary Report (PDF) 2 MB.  Released annually, the report includes data from both the treatment plant and distribution system optimization programs.  

Partnership for Safe Water Strategic Plan (PDF)

Since the beginning, Partnership programs have been developed "For Utilities; By Utilities."  In 2014, the Partnership developed and adopted a new strategic plan, designed to guide the program into a successful future.  Read the plan and learn more about the program's vision, mission, and strategic goals.



AWWA's March 2018 Opflow Getting Optimized Series: "Staff Engagement is Key to Optimization"

Read the latest installments of the Partnership’s Getting Optimized Opflow series. This regularly occurring Opflow feature covers topics in water and wastewater utility optimization....

Turbidity is a water quality monitoring parameter that is key to determining the amount of particulate matter present in a water sample.  Lower filter effluent turbidity values have been shown to correlate with a reduced risk of pathogens, such as Cryptosporidium and Giardia, passing through the filters to the finished water.  Turbidity is also the primary water quality optimization parameter for the Partnership for Safe Water’s treatment plant optimization program.  Read this informative article to learn more about steps you can take to ensure the accuracy of turbidity measurements. 
Based on its increased application in drinking water treatment, a biofiltration unit process assessment was a new addition to the 2015 version of the Partnership's

treatment plant self-assessment guidance.  Biofiltration can provide numerous water treatment benefits but can also pose hydraulic and water quality challenges to operations staff.  Carefully monitoring and controlling biofilter conditions are important practices for optimizing a biofiltration plant's performance.  Opflow's November 2017 Getting Optimized column highlights key monitoring and operational parameters for biofiltration optimization.

Operational control practices are essential to optimization.  The Partnership for Clean Water's wastewater treatment facility self-assessment process incorporates key concepts of operational control to help staff gain better understanding of its many facets - such as the data generated by online instrumentation and how this information may effectively be used for process control.  Opflow's September 2017 Getting Optimized column describes common principles of operational control and how they can help to improve treatment facility performance.
Early summer can be a challenging time of year for many water treatment plants facing changes in water quality as a result of spring runoff conditions.  One of these challenges can be increases in organic carbon and the potential impact they can have on disinfection by-product (DBP) formation.  The July 2017 edition of Getting Optimized, authored by Partnership Sr. Manager, Barb Martin, describes the factors influencing DBP formation and common water treatment plant and distribution system actions that can help control distribution system DBP concentrations.
The integrity of water quality data is critical to the water treatment plant and distribution system optimization process.  Making appropriate data-driven decisions for process control depends on having accurate and representative data.  In the May 2017 edition of Getting Optimized, contributed by Partnership Sr. Manager, Barb Martin, readers can learn more about strategies that may be implemented to help ensure the collection of water quality data that is "beyond reproach."

Video Tech-Tip: Creating Filter Profiles

news, feature & media release archive

Find a host of Partnership news items, both current and archived, on the news, feature and media release section of the news page

Awards Archive

Access recent announcements and news about Partnership award-winning utilities on the awards section of the news page

Newsletter Archive

Access previously published Partnership newsletters below, and find current items on the news page by accessing the links below.

October 2013 Newsletter
July 2013 Newsletter
April 2013 Newsletter
December 2012 Newsletter
October 2012 Newsletter (PDF)
July 2012 Newsletter  (PDF)
April 2012 Newsletter  (PDF)

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AWWA Events Calendar

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