Partnership for Safe Water

Partnerships for Safe Water

IN MAY, 2011, OWASA BECAME THE NINTH WATER UTILITY IN THE UNITED STATES TO RECEIVE THE PARTNERSHIP FOR SAFE WATER'S "EXCELLENCE IN WATER TREATMENT" AWARD FOR ACHIEVING THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF PERFORMANCE IN DRINKING WATER TREATMENT. Please click here to read additional information from the Partnership for Safe Water.

Our Jones Ferry Road Water Treatment Plant (WTP) requires a skilled and trained team of treatment plant operators, laboratory technicians, and maintenance mechanics to produce high quality drinking water.

An ongoing continuous improvement program at our Jones Ferry Road WTP makes sure employees are trained and have the resources needed to optimize plant performance.

The Partnership for Safe Water (Partnership) is a voluntary surface water treatment plant optimization program supported by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency, American Water Works Association (AWWA), and several other drinking water organizations. The Partnership program challenges water treatment plants to change the focus from not only meeting drinking water standards, but to set higher treatment goals and continuously look for ways to improve performance.

Operator performing process control test

We joined the Partnership in 2002 to:

  • Develop a workforce that strives for excellence
  • Identify opportunities to improve water quality
  • Optimize water treatment plant performance
  • Maximize benefit from our capital investments

Since 2005, the Jones Ferry Road WTP has held the Partnership's “Directors Award.” To achieve the Directors Award, we completed an assessment of the water treatment plant's performance, operation, administration, design, and capacity and submitted a report along with operating data to a peer review committee.

Drinking water turbidity since joining the Partnership.

We have committed to achieving the Partnership's highest recognition which is the “Excellence in Water Treatment Award.” This recognition sets new performance goals and data collection requirements for the Jones Ferry Road WTP. A team of utility peers will review one year's worth of operating data, along with a report demonstrating our capability to maintain this exceptional level of treatment, and determine if optimized performance has been achieved.

The benefits we have seen since joining the Partnership include:

  • Improved water quality
  • Informed, involved, and empowered operators, laboratory analysts, and maintenance mechanics
  • Improved communication and teamwork
  • Improved plant performance

More information about the Partnership for Safe Water can be found at www.partnershipforsafewater.org.