SAINT PAUL, Minn. — Saint Paul Regional Water Services’ (SPRWS) McCarrons treatment plant received the Presidents Award from the Partnership for Safe Water, a drinking water program sponsored by the American Water Works Association (AWWA), EPA and other water organizations, according to a press release.

The award recognizes water treatment facilities that continuously provide drinking water quality surpassing regulatory requirements through treatment plant and distribution system optimization and recognizes treatment plants that meet the program’s standards for individual filter effluent turbidity, stated the release.

The release reported that SPRWS received recognition for achieving optimized levels of individual filter effluent turbidity and is the first treatment plant in Minnesota to achieve this level of performance, and the 11th plant in the country to receive the Presidents Award, the final step before obtaining the Excellence in Water Treatment Award. 

The Presidents award is based on a four-phase, self-assessment and peer review process, noted the release.

“Reaching Presidents Award status is a very significant achievement in our ongoing work to meet stringent performance goals,” said SPRWS General Manager Steve Schneider. “Improving the quality of our water is a goal we will always try to meet and exceed. The Presidents Award is an important milestone as we seek to continuously improve and ultimately satisfy the requirements for the Excellence in Water Treatment Award.”