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About the Partnership for Safe Water

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How does the water consumer benefit from the Partnership?
Water quality will be improved. Through this Partnership, water experts will provide utilities with guidance, advice, and technical assistance for fine-tuning water treatment. Partnership members are committed to taking preventive treatment actions to insure drinking water is always safe, no matter what environmental influences may impact raw water quality.

Why is this program important?
As water providers identify and battle microbial contaminants such as “Cryptosporidium,” achieving optimum water treatment has become more important. Partnership members are taking aggressive steps to perfect their everyday water operations and maintenance to combat water contaminants. Their overall goal is to improve drinking water quality and treatment.

The Partnership also strengthens the relationship of the government, utilities, and water organizations so they can continue to work together to insure the quality of public drinking water.

What are the Partners required to do?
In addition to committing to ongoing water treatment enhancement, Partnership members must meet current USEPA water quality standards, be in compliance with the Surface Water Treatment Rule for the past six months, have a third party assess their water operations, implement system improvements identified by the assessment, and communicate their efforts to their customers.

The following four phases were developed to help the Partnership members meet the requirements.

Phase I – the agreement to participate in the Partnership for Safe Water. The agreement requires the water supplier to have met the USEPA’s Surface Water Treatment Rule, pledge to complete at least Phases II and III of the Partnership program, and notify their consumers of their progress.

Phase II – the data collection process. Partners will collect basic plant and plant performance data, assess current operations and evaluate areas where performance can be enhanced. Partners have 180 days to complete Phase II.

Phase III – a comprehensive water treatment self-assessment. Partners will examine the data collected in Phase II and identify and correct any performance-limiting factors. Partners will report their progress to the “Program Effectiveness Assessment Committee,” a group of independent national experts.

…..a third-party assessment using the USEPA Composite Correction Program (CCP). CCP emphasizes using corrective measures for optimizing filtration plant performance that do not require major construction or major expense. Phase IV involves having the water supplier’s corrective measures reviewed by trained third-party assessors.


Phase IV recognizes the highest level of optimization with exclusive Presidents and Excellence awards.

Who are the Partnership Members?

Nearly 300 water utilities across the nation have joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, American Water Works Association, Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, National Association of Water Companies, Association Of State Drinking Water Administrators, and the American Water Works Association Research Foundation in the Partnership for Safe Water. Experts on water quality and treatment from throughout the industry have contributed their time and knowledge to help develop the comprehensive administrative, operational, and technical requirements of the Partnership’s Four-Phased program.

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