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DEP Recognizes 8 Different Aqua Pennsylvania Water Systems For Excellence
The Department of Environmental Protection this week presented Aqua Pennsylvania with awards for eight of its drinking water systems participating in the Partnership for Safe Water Program.
 
“Everyone understands the value of safe drinking water,” said Regional Water Supply Manager Nancy Roncetti. “Today, Aqua Pennsylvania has made a commitment to 888,000 customers in four counties to provide the best possible water it can. I’m pleased to recognize Aqua Pennsylvania for its efforts.”
 
Roncetti presented Aqua Pennsylvania with membership certificates for eight water filter plants entering Phase I of the Partnership for Safe Water, a national voluntary effort that encourages public
water systems to survey their facilities, treatment processes, operations and management practices.
 
The plants include:Bristol; Bristol Borough, Bucks County;Neshaminy Creek; Middletown Township, Bucks County;Ingram’s Mill; East Bradford Township, Chester County;Pickering East; Schuylkill Township, Chester County;Pickering West; Schuylkill Township, Chester County;Crum Creek; Springfield Township, Delaware County;Ridley Creek; Ridley Township, Delaware County; andUpper Merion; Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County
 
“Aqua Pennsylvania’s commitment of eight facilities to the program secures Pennsylvania’s place as the national leader in the Partnership for Safe Water,” said Roncetti.
 
The Partnership for Safe Water consists of DEP, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the American Water Works Association and other drinking water organizations. Of the 406 facilities participating in the program nationwide, 104 are located in Pennsylvania.
 
The goal of the partnership is to encourage facilities to go beyond regulatory compliance in their continuing efforts to ensure the safest public drinking water possible.
 
The partnership is set up in four phases and is based on optimizing treatment plant performance and preventing disease-causing organisms from entering public drinking water supplies.
 
The first phase of the partnership is the initial commitment to join. The second phase involves data collection, analysis and submission. The third phase is a self-assessment and development of a detailed report and action plans to correct problems, while the final phase is an on-site peer review.
 
For more information, visit DEP's Partnership for Safe Water Program webpage.

11/21/2008

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