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April 2016 |   Volume 21   |   Number 1


The 2016 Spring newsletter includes information that you will not want to miss. The items highlighted in this email, along with additional Partnership news and resources, have recently been published on the Partnership’s website.

Be sure to bookmark the Partnership for Safe Water website and visit often to read the latest announcements, articles, case studies, features, and technical tips – or access our archived material.

The items highlighted below represent a short summary of the wealth of information available on our website. We hope you continue to enjoy our new and improved newsletter and website format. As always, your feedback and comments are welcome.

Thank you for your continued support of the Partnership for Safe Water!

LETTER FROM PARTNERSHIP STAFFT Schippert K Linder B Martin Award Presentation

“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” – Alexander Graham Bell

In light of the situation in Flint, Michigan, Partnership for Safe Water staff have frequently been approached with the question of “How does the Partnership address lead and copper?”

The distribution system optimization program directly addresses corrosion control as one of the evaluation parameters included in the self-assessment process. While the focus of thePartnership’s treatment plant optimization program is primarily particulate removal, its principles may be applied to address many water quality challenges.

Most importantly, applying the Partnership for Safe Water philosophies of preparedness, tenacity, avoiding complacency and creating a utility culture of excellence helps to build a resilient utility that is prepared to face the water quality challenges of today – and those of the future.

Read Barb & Tom’s full April letter and learn more about the Partnership for Safe Water’s optimization programs on the Partnership news page.

Tom Schippert (L) and Barb Martin (R) congratulate Kevin Linder (C) of Aurora Water (CO) for receiving the Excellence in Water Treatment Award for the Peter D. Binney Water Purification Facility. Aurora Water is the only utility to have achieved three Phase IV Excellence in Water Treatment Awards.



The Partnership for Safe Water is pleased to announce the release of the program’s 2016 Annual Data Summary Report. This report provides a performance summary of thePartnership’s treatment plant and distribution system optimization programs and features utility and program highlights from 2015 – the Partnership for Safe Water’s 20th Anniversary year.

The Annual Report continues to communicate the impact of this critical drinking water optimization program, which has furthered its mission of improving drinking water quality to protect public health, for more than two decades.

To read more about the Annual Report’s contents, and to access the report, visit the Partnership news page.



Distribution Program coverCompleting the Partnership’s comprehensive distribution system self-assessment process to achieve the Directors Award is a goal of many Partnership for Safe Water subscriber utilities. However, it can be a challenge for utilities to know where and how to begin.

This informative article, contributed by William Wankoff, of D&B/Guarino Engineers, addresses the challenge! The article provides an overview of the distribution system optimization program, several options for structuring a diverse utility team to complete the self-assessment process, and a summary of lessons learned and benefits gained by completing the process. Access a wealth ofPartnership resources – including tech-tips, AWWA Opflow articles, and informative videos – on thePartnership resources page.



ACE16 logoAWWA’s 2016 Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE16) is taking place in Chicago, Illinois from June 19-22. The Partnership for Safe Water has a full schedule of events planned for the conference, including a Subscriber Appreciation Reception, the program’s Annual Awards Luncheon, a distribution system optimization professional session – and the launch of the Partnership’s parallel optimization program for wastewater utilities, thePartnership for Clean Water.

Visit the Partnership for Safe Water booth at the AWWA Pavilion in the exhibit hall to learn more about Partnership programs and have your questions answered by Partnership staff. Partnership for Safe Water Staff look forward to seeing many utility subscribers at the conference!

Read more about the Partnership’s ACE16 activities on the Partnership news page.


Learn more about Partnership happenings and other events on the Partnership news page.

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