CHARLESTON, SC – Charleston Water System’s (CWS) Hanahan Water Treatment Plant has received the Presidents Award from the Partnership for Safe Water (Partnership). The Presidents Award recognizes utilities nationally for exceptional performance meeting stringent requirements in water treatment. This is the first year CWS has been recognized with the Presidents Award, although it has received the Directors Award since 2004. CWS joined the Partnership program in 1995.
The Partnership is a voluntary drinking water optimization program sponsored by AWWA, the USEPA, and other water treatment organizations. The Presidents Award recognizes plants that meet stringent requirements for individual filter effluent turbidity that go beyond federal and state requirements. Turbidity is a measure of the cloudiness of water. Approximately 200 utilities participate in the program nationwide, which has four phases of achievement. The Presidents Award is in the fourth and highest phase.
“The accolades go to our staff, who go above and beyond every day,” said Jane Byrne, Director of Water Treatment at the Plant. “This award is about understanding and optimizing our process—combined with critical thinking, statistical analysis and always keeping an eye on quality,” Byrne said.
“Winning this award means we treat water to a level that is much better than required,” said Kin Hill, CWS CEO. “We aren’t letting up any time soon, and we even maintained these exceptional treatment levels during Hurricane Matthew. We are continually committed to delivering the best possible water to our customers,” Hill said.
In 2016, only seven utilities were recognized with the Presidents Award. CWS was the only water system in South Carolina to receive the honor.