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Pennsylvania Water Systems Join the New Partnership for Safe Water Distribution Optimization Program

Pennsylvania Water Systems Join the New Partnership for Safe Water Distribution Optimization ProgramHARRISBURG — The new Partnership for Safe Water (PfSW) Distribution Optimization Program is a voluntary effort to provide safe drinking water to all customers. The program is similar to the existing PfSW water treatment plant program. However, it is specifically focused on preserving distribution system integrity to include water quality preservation, hydraulic reliability and physical security. Surface water, groundwater and consecutive water systems are eligible to enroll. The program consists of four phases including commitment to the program, annual data collection and submittal, a self-assessment phase, and a final phase of Excellence in Distribution System Operation.

These water systems became charter members by joining before the Distribution Charter Membership deadline of March 31, 2011:

-North Penn Water Authority (Montgomery County) provides drinking water service to approximately 78,000 people;

-Chester Water Authority (Delaware County) provides drinking water service to approximately 125,000 people;

-Municipal Authority of the Borough of Oakmont (Allegheny County) provides drinking water service to approximately 37,877 people;

-PA American Water Company (multiple counties statewide) provides drinking water service to approximately 2 million people;

-Brodhead Creek Regional Water Authority (Monroe County) provides drinking water service to approximately 22,500 people;

-Philadelphia Water Department (Philadelphia County) provides drinking water service to approximately 1.6 million people;

-Reading Area Water Authority (Berks County) provides water service to approximately 87,000 people; and

-Elizabethtown Area Water Authority (Lancaster County) provides water service to approximately 15,000 people.

The PfSW is a voluntary cooperative effort between DEP, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, American Water Works Association and other drinking water organizations. Its goal is to implement preventative measures that are based on optimizing treatment plant and distribution system performance. By participating in the program, these water systems are working to provide an additional measure of protection to their drinking water consumers.

For more information, contact Kevin Anderson at 717-783-9764 or e-mail keanderson@state.pa.us.  Information is also available on DEP’s website, keyword: filtration.

PA. Members: NEW MEMBERS!!!
City of Allentown
Brodcreek Regional Authority
Chester Water Authority
Dover Township Water Dept.
Elizabethtown Area Water Authority
City of Lancaster
North Penn Water Authority
Oakmont Water Authority
PA. American Water
Philadelphia Water Department
Reading Area Water Authority
Western Berks Water Authority
 
http://www.awwa.org/files/Partnership/CharterMbrList.pdf

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