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August 25, 2017

Forest Park is among an elite group to reach this enduring, high level of performance

Chalfont, Pa—August 22, 2017 – The Forest Park Water Treatment Plant, a state-of-the-art water treatment facility jointly owned and operated by North Penn and North Wales Water Authorities, received the highly prestigious “5-Year Presidents Award” of recognition from the Partnership for Safe Water.

The program is a volunteer initiative developed by the US Environmental Protection Agency, American Water Works Association (AWWA) and other water organizations representing water suppliers striving to provide their communities with drinking water quality that surpasses the required regulatory standards, through treatment plant and distribution system optimization.  The 5-Year Presidents Award recognizes achieving very stringent individual filter performance turbidity goals over a five-year period, signifying the outstanding operations and maintenance practices at this high performing water treatment plant. The Forest Park Water Treatment Plant has been involved in the Partnership for Safe Water since 1995 and is a Directors Award recipient since 2002.  

“Forest Park Water Treatment Plant is part of an elite class of treatment plants in the country that have received the AWWA Partnership for Safe Water 5-year President’s Award,” said Paul Zielinski, Partnership for Safe Water Representative. “This is not an easy accomplishment to achieve and there are many hurdles to overcome. Year in and year out, Forest Park Water is providing its customers with water that surpasses many State and Federal drinking water standards. We are pleased to recognize Forest Park management and staff with this award.”

“Maintaining the President’s Award level of performance for five years demonstrates the consistent, high quality water produced by the Forest Park Water Treatment Plant every day,” said Jeff Pifer, “Consistently providing safe, clean drinking water 24 hours a day, seven days a week remains a goal we will continually strive to meet and exceed.  The 5-Year Presidents Award is an important milestone as we seek to continuously improve the quality of drinking water we provide to all of our customers.”

AWWA FPW 5 year award

Paul Zielinski, AWWA Partnership for Safe Water Representative, presents the 5-Year President’s Award to Forest Park Water Treatment Plant.

(From left to right: Anthony J. Bellitto Jr., executive director of North Penn Water Authority; Paul Zielinski, AWWA Partnership for Safe Water Representative, Wayne Letourneau, operations manager, Forest Park Water Treatment Plant; Robert Bender, executive director of North Wales Water Authority)

Forest Park Water Treatment Plant (FPWTP) is a state of the art water treatment facility that combines conventional treatment processes with advanced techniques, which include ozone disinfection and membrane filtration. Membrane filtration is a leading-edge technology capable of consistently producing very high quality water and ensures the plant can safely meet the more stringent federal and state water quality regulations that will be required in the near future. This combination of traditional and innovative water treatment allows FPWTP to produce the safest, highest quality water possible.

The Partnership for Safe Water is a voluntary self-assessment and optimization program for water treatment plant and distribution system operation. More than 250 utility subscribers, collectively serving more than 100 million people, are committed to the Partnership’s goals of providing safe, high-quality drinking water through achieving operational excellence in water treatment. Partnership members participate in a rigorous four-phase self-assessment and peer review process, developed by industry experts, and are recognized for their commitment to delivering safe water to their communities.


The Partnership for Safe Water is an alliance of the American Water Works Association, Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, Association of State Drinking Water Administrators, United States Environmental Protection Agency, National Association of Water Companies, and the Water Research Foundation.




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