While the pandemic has delayed many things, Massachusetts DEP did not let it cancel its recognition of drinking water utilities that have met complete compliance with all federal and state standards for the calendar year 2019. For 30 years, MassDEP has recognized facilities meeting this high annual standard as part of its National Drinking Water Week. This year’s recognition was held virtually in December to ensure recognition of the important achievement of the 91 public water systems across the Commonwealth.
The criteria used by MassDEP to identify systems include: excellent water service to the public; no violations or non-compliance issues; and efforts that support public water supply services, such as source-water protection, water quality and conservation.
“MassDEP recognizes that last year, under pandemic conditions, public water systems faced significant challenges, yet these exceptional systems proved steadfast in providing continuous and consistently clean and safe potable water to their residents,” noted Commissioner Martin Suuberg. “There are many public water systems that do a great job, and each year we find and elevate those systems that deserve special recognition and commendation.”
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