SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. — Champlain Water District's Peter L. Jacob Water Treatment Facility has received the prestigious Phase IV "15-Year Excellence in Water Treatment" award from the Partnership for Safe Water, according to a press release.

Champlain Water District is the first and only utility in North America to date to achieve this highly significant longevity award, honoring superior water treatment process optimization and performance, noted the release.

Phase IV represents the highest possible level of performance that can be achieved in the four-phase Partnership program, and signifies fully optimized facility performance that produces water quality well surpassing required federal standards, stated the release.

Champlain Water District has participated in the Partnership for Safe Water program since November 1995, and was the first facility to receive the program's Excellence in Water Treatment Award in 1999.

"Receiving the Partnership's 15-Year Excellence in Water Treatment Award highlights our ongoing commitment to water quality by the entire utility staff and elected governing Board,” said Jim Fay, CWD General Manager. “It's a very meaningful achievement, and is an indicator of Champlain Water District's (CWD) dedication to optimize operations to protect public health. Ensuring public health protection by improving the quality of the water delivered to our 70,000 customers has always been our mission as a drinking water supplier.”