WSSC Receives National Award for Innovative, Strategic Management
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Laurel – October 12, 2015 – WSSC received the prestigious Sustainable Water Utility Management Award from the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) at its 2015 Executive Management Conference today in Savannah, Ga. WSSC was among 12 water utilities across the country receiving this award.
AMWA, a member organization of the largest publicly owned drinking water suppliers in the United States, issues the award to water utilities committed to management that achieves a balance of innovative and successful efforts in areas of economic, social and environmental endeavors.
“At WSSC, our goal is to be a world-class organization in every way possible,” stated Jerry Johnson, WSSC’s General Manager and CEO. “This award is a testament to the innovative, hardworking employees of WSSC, and the strategic vision of our leadership team and Commissioners. I’m extremely proud of what we have accomplished and look forward to seeing the how our numerous programs and initiatives underway further our vital, life-sustaining mission.”
“AMWA awards recognize the extraordinary performance of water agencies where management vision and employee commitment create a sustainable utility producing ample supplies of clean, safe drinking water,” said AMWA President Chuck M. Murray, General Manager of Fairfax Water in Virginia. “The communities served by these award winners should be proud of the accomplishments of their forward-thinking, exceptionally well-managed public utilities.”
In describing WSSC, AMWA stated: Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) replaces its water mains at a rate of 55-plus miles per year and mitigates the potential damage of large-diameter pre-stressed, concrete cylinder pipe by using breakthrough acoustic fiber optics technology. The utility obtains 28 percent of its electric power needs from wind power and has solar power projects at two wastewater treatment plants. Its budget includes a ratepayer-supported Customer Assistance Program. A restructured debt program and transformed supply chain management saves WSSC tens of millions of dollars.
Others receiving the award include: Austin Water (Texas), City of Bellevue Utilities (Washington), Water Works Board of the City of Birmingham (Alabama), Central Arkansas Water, Charlotte Water (North Carolina), Chesterfield County Utilities Department (Virginia), Contra Costa Water District (California), Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (Florida), Prince William County Service Authority (Virginia), Riverside Public Utilities (California) and Santa Rosa Water (California).
WSSC’s submission to AMWA for this award can be found on WSSC’s web site.
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.