Partnership for Safe Water Program
The Partnership for Safe Water is a voluntary program for water utilities that commit to treating water beyond what's required by regulations.
Sponsored by the US Environmental Protection Agency, the American Water Works Association, and other water organizations, the Partnership focuses on helping surface water treatment plants optimize operations—specifically filtration.
Charleston Water joined the Partnership in 1995, received the Directors Award in 2004, the Five Year Directors Award in 2008, and the 10 Year Directors Award in 2013.
Some 200 utilities nationwide participate in the program, which has four phases of achievement: collection of turbidity data (a measure of the cloudiness of water), a self-assessment evaluation, and a peer review.
SCDHEC's Area Wide Optimization Program (AWOP)
On the state level, the Department of Health and Environmental Control sponsors a program similar to the national Partnership program.
The Area Wide Optimization Program, or AWOP, and the goal is to support utilities in improving disinfection and particle removal for the benefit of public health.
Every year, DHEC recognizes water plants that go beyond the requirements of EPA regulations for drinking water. Charleston Water System was awarded this recognition in 2003 and again in 2007 for the performance of the Hanahan Water Treatment Plant.