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Posted on: February 3, 2017

Danville Utilities joins clean water initiative

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Danville Utilities, in conjunction with Severn Trent Services Inc., today announced their participation as a Charter Subscriber of the Partnership for Clean Water, a new voluntary initiative that seeks to help wastewater utilities optimize the operations, performance, and efficiency of their treatment facilities.

Participation as a Partnership for Clean Water Charter Subscriber identifies Danville Utilities as part of a

select group of utilities that has made the commitment to improve wastewater treatment performance using the program's rigorous self-assessment and optimization process.

Developed by the American Water Works Association, in collaboration with other industry organizations, the Partnership for Clean Water is a global optimization and recognition program for wastewater utilities, launched in 2016. The Partnership for Clean Water was established as a parallel program to the Partnership for Safe Water, which has successfully helped hundreds of drinking water treatment plants and distribution systems optimize performance for more than 20 years. The Partnership for Clean Water program includes completion of a comprehensive review of wastewater treatment plant operations and performance, according to a proven optimization process.

"Our goal is to continually strive to improve," said Barry Dunkley, P.E., Director, Water and Wastewater Treatment. "Participating in the Partnership for Clean Water, as a Charter Subscriber, will provide us with the opportunity to evaluate our wastewater treatment plant operations, water quality performance, and energy efficiency to identify areas where facility operations be enhanced."

As members of the Partnership for Clean Water, utilities make a pledge to their communities to continually

improve operational efficiency and water quality performance. Danville Utilities looks forward to providing customers with continuous updates on their Partnership for Clean Water program progress and achievements.

Severn Trent is the contract operator for the Danville Utilities Northside Wastewater Treatment Plant.

“We are committed to being a part of the community and a good corporate citizen with a positive impact on the environment,” said Jerry Shupe, Project Manager. This initiative is another example of Danville Utilities and Severn Trent’s focus to drive significant improvements and benefits to the City’s facilities and environmental compliance record."

The Partnership for Clean Water is a voluntary optimization and recognition program for wastewater utilities. With an initial focus on wastewater treatment plant optimization, program subscribers are committed to the Partnership's goals of improving water quality performance and process efficiency through achieving operational excellence in wastewater treatment. Partnership for Clean Water subscribers participate in a rigorous four-phase self: assessment and peer review process, developed by industry experts, and are recognized industry-wide for their commitment to wastewater utility optimization.

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