OCWA—Central New York’s Water Authority—recently received the national Partnership for Safe Water’s Directors Award for the 19th straight year!

The Partnership for Safe Water was developed through cooperation among the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), states and water supply associations to provide a new measure of public health protection to millions by implementing prevention programs where legislation or regulation does not exist.

The Partnership, a voluntary program, requires its members to scrutinize their water treatment practices using a four-phased self-assessment and peer-review process.  Under stringent criteria established by the EPA and others, OCWA continuously evaluates its water treatment operations, maintenance procedures and management practices.  The proscribed preventive measures are based around optimizing treatment plant performance and distribution system operation.

OCWA is one of more than 200 water utilities nation-wide participating in the program.  It is open only to water systems that provide filtered surface water or manage a water distribution system.

OCWA—Central New York’s Water Authority—was established by act of the New York State Legislature in 1951 and currently serves 500,000 residents in Onondaga, Oswego, Madison, Cayuga and Oneida counties.  The Authority is one of the 100 largest water systems in the country, operating two major water treatment facilities, over 2,100 miles of main, 13,100+ fire hydrants, 59 storage facilities and 46 pump stations.