WSSC’s Potomac Water Filtration Plant Wins Prestigious National Award

Only plant in Maryland to be honored for commitment to water quality and consumer safety

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Laurel – December 27, 2011: Over 100 million gallons of water every day.... that’s what the staff at the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission’s (WSSC) Potomac Water Filtration Plant produces 365 days a year for our customers. The Potomac Plant is now the only facility in Maryland to receive the American Water Works Association’s (AWWA) Partnership for Safe Water Phase III Directors Award 2011.

Of the thousands of water treatment plants in the country, only 200 received the prestigious honor this year. The Phase III Directors Award highlights WSSC’s commitment to water quality and consumer safety.

“Providing safe and reliable water is at the heart of our mission,” said Jerry N. Johnson, WSSC General Manager/CEO. “The 26 men and women who work at our Potomac Plant go above and beyond everyday to ensure that our water is exceptional. This award is a testament to their dedication and is a special honor because it comes from a team of peers outside of WSSC.”

“The extensive data collection and analysis that went into this award is further proof that we are providing an exceptional product to our customers,” added Joseph Johnson, Potomac Plant Superintendent.

The Partnership for Safe Water is a unique cooperative among the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),AWWA, the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA), the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC), and theAssociation of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA). The partnership encourages and assists water suppliers in the United States to voluntarily enhance their water systems performance for greater control of CryptosporidiumGiardia and other microbial contaminants.

To receive the Phase III Directors Award, a utility must work through the arduous and difficult self-assessment process, identifying factors which may have been limiting performance of the treatment plant and taking steps to address those factors.

For 100 years, WSSC has proudly served the citizens of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties – providing drinking water that has always met strict Safe Drinking Water Act standards and protecting the environment through vital water resource recovery services. Our vision is to be THE world-class water utility, where excellent products and services are always on tap.


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