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The American Water Works Association (AWWA) has selected the City of Bremerton Water Utility for a 2017 “Exemplary Source Water Protection” Award. The purpose of the award is to recognize organizations in North America that have developed and are implementing exemplary source water protection programs.
“Bremerton has planned for source water protection since the City began its water system 100 years ago, “ says Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent, “We are pleased to receive this recognition from AWWA, especially as we celebrate the City’s water system centennial this year”.
Bremerton’s water managers recognized from the beginning that protecting drinking water at its source is the most responsible and economical approach by locating surface water and groundwater sources away from the impact of development and purchasing water resource lands long before they were utilized for a drinking water supply.
The AWWA Standard for Source Water Protection outlines six program elements:
In order to obtain recognition for this award, Bremerton was required to demonstrate its source water protection program met basic success in each of these six elements.
“Because Bremerton’s water managers recognized the importance of source water protection early on, the city has been able to comply with increasing regulation with a few system upgrades. Owning and protecting the Union River watershed is one of the most important investments the City has made to ensure the vitality of its community,” says Kathleen Cahall, Bremerton Water Resources Manager.
Bremerton will be awarded a plaque at the AWWA annual conference this June in Philadelphia.
Established in 1881, the AWWA is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 50,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life.