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Aurora, Illinois water production team earns national award for water quality


The Partnership for Safe Water recognizes Aurora, Illinois with Presidents Award

Aurora, IL -- The Partnership for Safe Water and the City of Aurora, Illinois, is proud to recognize the achievements of the Aurora Water Production Division in providing some of the nation’s safest, cleanest drinking water to the City’s residents.

The Aurora Water Production team has been honored with the Presidents Award from the Partnership for Safe Water, a national initiative to improve the quality of drinking water. The Aurora Water Treatment Facility is one of only 27 surface water treatment plants nationwide to achieve and document the exceptional water quality required to earn the Presidents Award. This places the Aurora Water Treatment Plant in the top quarter of the top 1 percent of surface water treatment facilities in the United States.

“The City of Aurora Water Treatment Plant is among an elite group of utilities to achieve this award,” said Robert C. Cheng, chair of the Partnership for Safe Water Steering Committee. “The entire team at the City of Aurora Water Treatment Plant has demonstrated its commitment to superior treatment plant performance and its leadership in quality improvement to utilities throughout North America.”

This also marks the fifth year in a row in which Aurora’s Water Production team has achieved the Directors Award from the Partnership for Safe Water.

Following the announcement of both the Presidents and Directors Awards, the team was also recognized by Mayor Tom Weisner and the City Council on Tuesday for their dedication to safe, high-quality drinking water for all of Aurora’s water customers.

The Partnership for Safe Water is a voluntary program in which water treatment plants perform numerous tests and self-analysis to optimize their existing water treatment processes. Treatment plants that are successful in consistently producing water quality that is better than what is required by current Federal regulations may earn the recognition of the Directors Award and potentially the Presidents Award, which recognizes the highest possible and most stringent level of filtering performance in a water treatment facility.

The Partnership for Safe Water is a national initiative developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the American Water Works Association, and four other prestigious drinking water organizations. The Partnership’s mission is to improve the quality of water delivered to customers by optimizing water treatment system operations. For more information, visit

About Aurora, Illinois
Located 35 miles west of Chicago, Aurora is the second largest city in Illinois with a population of 199,672. Aurora is known as the “City of Lights” because it was one of the first in the nation to illuminate its streets with electric lights. Situated along the Fox River and the Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway (Interstate 88), the city extends 46 square miles encompassing Kane, DuPage, Kendall and Will counties. Aurora also is home to six public school districts and seven townships. For the latest news, access to an archive of past news releases or to follow the city on Facebook or Twitter, visit the city’s website at

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