Recognizes Clarity, Consistency of Treated Water
(March 8) NEW STANTON – MAWC's McKeesport Filtration Plant and its Indian Creek Supply Filtration Plant are being recognized for producing consistently high-quality water.
MAWC received notice that both plants will receive the EPA Area Wide Optimization Program (AWOP) Award in recognition of outstanding efforts toward optimizing filter plant performance.
AWOP is a multi-state effort in which states work together to develop and implement individual state programs to optimize particle removal and disinfection capabilities of conventional surface water treatment plants. AWOP is designed to assist water systems work toward optimizing their existing treatment processes in an effort to increase public health protection. While originally developed to address microbial contaminants, AWOP has expanded beyond the original tools and is an ever-changing and ever-growing program that now addresses both microbial contaminants and disinfection byproducts in surface water systems.
The McKeesport Filtration Plant, located in the City of McKeesport, was completed in 1990 with a rated capacity of 10 million gallons per day. The McKeesport Plant draws its water supply from the Youghiogheny River and serves the McKeesport, White Oak, Port Vue and Versailles portion of the MAWC service territory.
The Indian Creek Supply Filtration Plant, located in Dunbar Township, near the City of Connellsville, has a rated capacity of 40 million gallons per day and draws its water supply from the Youghiogheny River. It serves the southern portion of the MAWC service area. This facility was constructed in 1973 and was upgraded in 1979 and again in 2017-2018.
The AWOP Award will be presented to MAWC at the 2019 Water Works Operators' Association of Pennsylvania (WWOAP) Conference in August. The McKeesport and Indian Creek Plants were judged to be among the top performers which presented data to the Department of Environmental Protection last year.
“We are pleased to be recognized for the superlative efforts of our employees and the quality equipment that our customers have invested in,” said Michael F. Kukura, MAWC resident manager.
McKeesport Filtration Plant
Indian Creek Supply Filtration Plant