Jul 24, 2015

Fort Collins Utilities Receives Water Distribution System Award

The utility had to complete a comprehensive assessment that was reviewed by industry experts

Fort Collins Utilities Partnership for Safe Water distribution system

Fort Collins Utilities recently was recognized as the first utility in Colorado, and among the first in the nation, to receive the Directors Award in the Partnership for Safe Water’s Distribution System Optimization Program.

“I congratulate Fort Collins Utilities for being a leader in water quality and one of the first utilities in North America to achieve this award,” said Deputy Director Becki Clark from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water. “This shows a commitment to safeguarding our water systems and ensuring public health, as well as providing exceptional drinking water to local homes and businesses.”

To receive this honor, the utility first had to complete a comprehensive assessment that evaluated its water distribution operations and performance, identified limiting factors, and developed action plans to achieve system optimization. The results of the assessment were compiled into a nationally reviewed report by industry experts. The success of planned maintenance, advanced meters, proactive leak detection and staff operations were highlighted in the review.

“We are honored to be the first utility in Colorado to receive this award,” said Fort Collins Utilities Executive Director Kevin Gertig. “As a founding member of the Partnership, we are committed to continual improvement and excellence in water quality.”

This spring, Fort Collins Utilities also received the milestone 15-year Partnership award for the water treatment facility. The two awards (for excellence in water production and for ensuring water quality throughout the distribution system) were presented at the annual conference of the American Water Works Assn.