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BPU’s Water Program Receives National Award for Ten years of Outstanding Performance

Utility is one of an Elite Group to Receive Honor

(KANSAS CITY, Kan.) — The Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU) has received the “10-Year Directors Award” from the Partnership for Safe Water; a program developed by EPA, AWWA, and associated Partner organizations to guide water suppliers toward improving water quality by optimizing system operations. BPU was presented this award for successfully maintaining the program’s Directors Award level of performance for a 10-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 plant was one 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.

“We are honored to receive this award,” said William Johnson, BPU General 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 10-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 operations. 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 deliver safe water to their communities.

Pictured are Jim Williams, AWWA President, left, James Epp, BPU Manager Water Operations, Robert Milan Sr., BPU Board Secretary, Mary Gonzales, BPU Board Member, Steve Nirschl, BPU Director Water Processing, and Jennifer McLain, Acting Director U.S. EPA Office of Ground Water & Drinking Water, right.

About the Partnership for Safe Water

The Partnership for Safe Water is an alliance of the American Water Works Association, Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, Association of State Drinking Water Administrators, United States Environmental Protection Agency, National Association of Water Companies, and the Water Research Foundation.

About BPU

BPU’s water department was originally created in 1909, and its electric utility was operational in 1912. The purpose of the utility, then and to this day, is to provide the highest quality electric and water services at the lowest possible cost. Today the publicly owned utility serves approximately 65,000 electric and 51,000 water customers, primarily in Wyandotte County, Kansas. The mission of the utility and its employees is “to focus on the needs of our customers, to improve the quality of life in our community while promoting safe, reliable and sustainable utilities.” BPU’s website is www.bpu.com.


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