BRYN MAWR, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 23, 2019--
For the first time, Aqua Pennsylvania’s Bristol Water Treatment Plant
won first place, along with the distinction as Pennsylvania’s best
tasting water, at the Pennsylvania American Water Works Association’s
annual state conference. They will compete at the AWWA national
competition in June.
Aqua’s water treatment plant in Bristol Borough, Bucks County, was
originally constructed in 1953 and draws water from the Delaware River.
The 11-million-gallon-per-day plant provides drinking water to nearly
10,000 customer connections and around 30,000 residents and businesses
in three municipalities there.
Aqua acquired the municipal water system in 1996, which included the
then 8-MGD water plant. Since then, Aqua has invested $21 million
dollars to upgrade the plant and distribution system. The result is a
more reliable system, improved water quality and a water taste that is
now deemed to be the best among those tested in Pennsylvania.
Aqua’s Vice President, Production Curt Steffy said there were a few
things that contributed to the title, including a major plant overhaul
in 1999, during which the entire facility was rehabbed. “Following those
upgrades, the plant enrolled in the AWWA Partnership for Safe Drinking
Water program, which is a national volunteer initiative developed by the
Environmental Protection Agency, AWWA and other water organizations,”
said Steffy. “The Partnership members are committed to producing water
that outperforms federal drinking water regulations. All of our
Pennsylvania surface water plants are in the program and the Bristol
plant is currently in the process of completing the requirements for
Phase III of the program, which will be done by year-end.”
“In 2017, to prepare for a new regulation that requires water companies
to maintain a higher level of disinfection throughout the distribution
system, we began testing and ultimately installed chlorine dioxide
treatment to enhance our chlorine residual,” Steffy continued. “Although
the new disinfection treatment technique made a difference in
performance, the plant operators were crucial, playing an equal and key
role in making the win possible. You can have great technology, but if
your production staff, your plant operators, and treatment team don’t
know how to manage that technology, the potential benefits of the
treatment will not be realized.”
Aqua’s Bristol plant will compete at the national competition on June 11
at the AWWA Annual Conference & Exposition 2019 in Denver.
Aqua Pennsylvania serves approximately 1.4 million people in 32 counties
throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Visit AquaAmerica.com
for more information, or follow Aqua on Facebook at
facebook.com/MyAquaAmerica and on Twitter at @MyAquaAmerica.
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