In 2005, the Village joined the Partnership for Safe Water. The Partnership is a voluntary effort between six drinking water organizations (including the US EPA) and more than 400 surface water utilities throughout the US. The goal of the Partnership is to provide a higher level of treatment by implementing prevention programs where regulations do not currently exist. Since joining the Partnership, the Wilmette water plant has achieved the following:
- In 2007, the Village received the Partnership’s Director’s Award at the Annual American Water Works Conference in Toronto, Ontario. The Director’s Award is one of the highest honors in the nation a water treatment facility can receive. There are about 200 treatment plants in the country — and only eight in Illinois — that have achieved this level of performance.
- In 2012, the Village received the Partnership for Safe Water Five-Year Director’s Award. The Partnership recognized the Village of Wilmette Water Plant for its achievement in maintaining the Directors Award for five years. This demonstrates the continued commitment to improving water quality beyond the current regulatory requirements.
- In 2012, the water plant received the Partnership’s President’s Award at the annual national AWWA meeting, making it one out of four plants in the country to achieve this.
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