(L to R): John Balliew, EPWater CEO and President; Sal Morales, Assistant Superintendent, Robertson/Umbenhauer Water Treatment Plant; Norbert Hernandez, Assistant Superintendent, Jonathan Rogers Water Treatment Plant; Oscar Leeser, Mayor of El Paso
El Paso Water officials announced Friday that their Jonathan Rogers Water Treatment Plant and Robertson/Umbenhauer Water Treatment Plant have received the “15-Year Directors Award” in 2020 from the Partnership for Safe Water.
“We place the highest value on the health and safety of water in our community,” said John Balliew, CEO and President of EPWater. “Our goal is to continuously optimize operations and improve the quality and reliability of water we deliver to our customers.”
The award is part of a program developed by EPA, AWWA, and associated Partner organizations to guide water utilities towards improving water quality by optimizing system operations.
The plants were presented this award for successfully maintaining the program’s Directors Award level of performance for a 15-year period.
The Directors Award was originally achieved by completing the Self-Assessment and Peer Review phase of the Partnership program, a phase which includes comprehensive evaluation of treatment plant operations and performance, identification of performance limiting factors, and the development of action plans to achieve optimization.
The plants were two of a select group of utilities honored by the Partnership at the annual conference of the American Water Works Association, the largest and oldest worldwide organization dedicated to safe water.
The Partnership for Safe Water is a voluntary self-assessment and optimization program for water treatment plant and distribution system operation.
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.
Partnership 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.