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Treatment Plant Optimization

More than 250 utilities and 400  treatment plants consistently provide the highest quality drinking water possible to 85 million people... and counting. Become a Partnership subscriber and helps ensure the production and delivery of safe, high quality water.

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How the treatment plant optimization program works

Drinking water utilities of all sizes are invited to participate in the program, as long as they provide filtered surface water and plan to optimize their treatment plants to improve performance. The treatment plant optimization program is comprised of four phases:

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Phase I: Commitment

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An honest commitment is required so that utilities are fully engaged in the optimization process. 

Phase II: Baseline & Annual Data Collection

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Baseline & annual data is submitted for inclusion in the Partnership's annual report and to measure improvement. 
Download Baseline Data requirements
Download Annual Report requirements


Phase III: Self-Assessment

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The Phase III Self-Assessment Completion Report is the basis for the Directors Award and reviewed by treatment plant optimization experts. 

Download Phase III Checklist (for use with 1997 version self-assessment guidance)

Download Updated Phase III Checklist (for use with 2015 version self-assessment guidance)

Note: The Partnership for Safe Water recently updated the program's treatment plant self-assessment guidance.  Contact Partnership staff with questions and visit the Requirements and Reports page for additional details and information.

Phase IV: Fully Optimized System

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Phase IV recognizes the highest level of optimization with exclusive Excellence in Water Treatment Award, and the Presidents Award, recognizing progress towards full optimization.
Presidents Award Guidelines 
Phase IV Excellence in Water Treatment Award Guidelines

Reporting Data

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Treatment plants are required to report turbidity data and optimization information as part of the program's Annual Reporting process. 
Learn about Requirements and Reports


Treatment Program Awards

The Partnership's awards offer a unique opportunity for utilities to be recognized for the high-quality water they deliver throughout their community and to share the new with regulators, the media and customers.

Award Winners
Discover the many utilities that have been recognized for outstanding water treatment plant performance by visiting the Award Winning Utilities and Plants webpage.