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DEP RECOGNIZES BLOSSBURG MUNICIPAL WATER AUTHORITY FOR COMPLETION OF PHASE III OF PARTNERSHIP FOR SAFE DRINKING WATER PROGRAM

Phase III is Self-Assessment, Plan to Optimize Surface Water Treatment.

WILLIAMSPORT: Environmental Protection North central Regional Director Robert Yowell today recognized the Blossburg Municipal Water Authority in Tioga County for completing Phase III of the Partnership for Safe Drinking Water program.

"By participating in this voluntary program, the Blossburg Municipal Water Authority is ensuring its customers that it is going above and beyond what is required to provide safe water," Y owell said. "The Partnership for Safe Water is a voluntary effort encouraging public water systems to survey their facilities, treatment processes, operating and maintenance procedures, and management oversight practices. By being proactive, Blossburg is working smarter, keeping costs down, reducing pollution and protecting our health and resources."

The program is geared toward filter plants that obtain source water from reservoirs, lakes, rivers and streams.

The Partnership for Safe Water, a national voluntary partnership, is made up of DEP, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the American Water Works Association and other drinking water organizations. The goal is to implement pollution prevention programs where legislation or regulation does not exist. The preventative measures, set up in three phases, are based on optimizing treatment plant performance and protecting public drinking water supplies from waterborne disease.

The first phase of the partnership is the initial commitment to join. The second phase involves data collection, analysis and submission. The third phase is a self-assessment and the development of a detailed report and action plan to improve drinking water quality and treatment. The fourth phase, which is optional, is an on-site peer review.

At borough hall today, DEP Water Supply Management Program Manager Thomas Schmick presented a framed program certificate and letter of accomplishment to Blossburg Municipal Water Authority Chairman Jack Eckman. Schmick was joined by American Water Works Association representatives Robert Smith and Diane F. Cox, who presented a "Director's Award" plaque to Dan Grinnell of the municipal authority.

For more information on the Partnership for Safe Drinking Water, visit DEP's Web site at www.dep.state.pa.us, Keyword "Partnership for Safe Water."

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