Spartanburg Water’s R.B. Simms Drinking Water Treatment Plant is a proud recipient of the “20-Year Directors Award” from the Partnership for Safe Water for 2021. This special distinction was achieved for successfully maintaining the drinking water treatment program’s Directors Award level of performance for a 20-year period.
The Partnership for Safe Water program was developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the American Water Works Association (AWWA), and associated Partner organizations, to guide water utilities in improving water quality by optimizing system operations. The program celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2020.
The Directors Award includes an evaluation of treatment plant operations and performance, identification of performance limiting factors, and the development of action plans to achieve optimization.
The R.B. Simms Drinking Water Treatment Plant was one of a select group of utilities honored by the Partnership at the annual conference of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), held July 27-29 in a virtual format. AWWA is the largest and oldest worldwide organization dedicated to safe water.
"We are honored to receive this award,” said Ken Tuck, Spartanburg Water Drinking Water Treatment Manager. “Our utility’s goal is to continually strive to optimize operations and improve the quality of water we deliver to our customers. Achievement of the 20-Year Directors Award demonstrates our ongoing commitment to protecting public health."
The Partnership for Safe Water is a voluntary self-assessment and optimization program for water treatment plant and distribution system operation. Members participate in a rigorous four-phase self-assessment and peer review process, developed by water utility optimization experts, and are recognized for their commitment to delivering safe water to their communities. More than 300 utility subscribers, collectively serving more than 100 million people, are committed to the Partnership’s goals of providing safe, high-quality drinking water through achieving operational excellence in water treatment.