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Easton Suburban Water Authority Completes Third Phase of the Partnership for Saf

Monday, November 10, 2008

HARRISBURG (Nov. 4) -- The Easton Suburban Water Authority in Northhampton County recently completed the third phase of the Partnership for Safe Water program, a voluntary effort to provide safe drinking water. Presently, the water system provides drinking water service to approximately 85,163 people. The Easton Suburban Water Authority water filtration plant is one of only a handful of water plants to complete this phase of the partnership in Pennsylvania.

The Partnership for Safe Water consists of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Pennsylvania Section American Water Works Association (PA-AWWA) and other drinking water organizations. Its goal is to implement preventative measures that are based on optimizing treatment plant performance.

Phase III entails a detailed, peer-reviewed report that summarizes the rigorous self-assessment portion of the program. This phase is specifically geared toward identifying weaknesses in plant operation, design and administration that could lead to a breakthrough of waterborne disease-causing organisms into the finished water that is distributed to consumers. Correcting these weaknesses helps prevent waterborne disease outbreaks from pathogenic organisms like Cryptosporidium and Giardia. By completing this phase of the program, the Easton Suburban Water Authority is working to provide an additional measure of protection to drinking water consumers.

Currently, 104 surface water treatment plants serving over 5.8 million people are now involved in Pennsylvania's partnership program.

For more information, contact Kevin Anderson at 717-772-2261 or by e-mail at keanderson@state.pa.us. Information is also available on DEP's Web site (Keyword: DEP filtration).