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North Penn Water Authority receives prestigious award

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Utility among first honored with Partnership for Safe Water`s Directors Award

LANSDALE, PA -- North Penn Water Authority (NPWA) was honored with the Directors Award for its efforts with the Partnership for Safe Water’s Distribution System Optimization Program at an awards lunch last month during the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Annual Conference and & Exposition held in Philadelphia.

NPWA became the first public water utility in Pennsylvania and among the first in North America to receive this prestigious honor. This award acknowledges the Authority’s commitment to excellence in distribution system operations in providing high quality safe drinking water to the customer’s tap above and beyond regulatory standards.

NPWA received the award for successfully completing a comprehensive self-assessment of water distribution system operations, a significant achievement towards ensuring the delivery of safe, high-quality drinking water to the community. The assessment involves an evaluation of distribution system operations and performance, including factors such as chlorine residuals, pressure levels and frequency of water main breaks. The final report is reviewed by water resources professionals from across the United States.

“As a Partnership Distribution Program subscriber utility, we are honored to be the first utility in Pennsylvania to receive this award,” said Anthony J. Bellitto Jr., P.E., executive director of North Penn Water Authority. “NPWA’s goal is to be a leader in optimization, and to continuously strive to optimize performance and water quality. Achievement of the Directors Award demonstrates our ongoing commitment to protecting public health.” 

“The Partnership for Safe Water congratulates North Penn Water Authority on receiving the first Directors Award for the distribution system optimization program in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” said Barb Martin, director of engineering and technical services at AWWA. “Utility staff are commended for their commitment to optimization and public health protection.”

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