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BJWSA Achieves Highest Level of Performance

Purrysburg Water Treatment Plant is among an elite group to reach this superior level of performance

            Okatie, South Carolina – February 3, 2017 – Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority’s (BJWSA)  Purrysburg Water Treatment Plant received the prestigious Presidents Award from the Partnership for Safe Water.

The Partnership is a drinking water optimization program sponsored by American Water Works Association (AWWA), the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other water organizations, to recognize water suppliers that continuously provide drinking water quality that surpasses regulatory requirements through treatment plant and distribution system optimization. The Partnership’s Presidents Award for Water Treatment recognizes plants that meet the program’s highly stringent optimization goals for individual filter effluent turbidity.

BJWSA has participated in the Partnership’s Treatment Plant Optimization program since 1998, and has been a Charter subscriber of the Distribution System Optimization program since 2011. BJWSA received the Partnership’s Ten Year Directors Award for the Chelsea Water Treatment Plant in 2014. In 2017, the  Purrysburg Water Treatment Plant is celebrating both the Presidents Award and the 10-year Directors Award. Purrysburg is the third water treatment plant in South Carolina to receive the Presidents Award.

“Reaching Presidents Award status is a very significant achievement in our ongoing work to meet stringent performance goals,” said BJWSA General Manager Ed Saxon. “Improving the quality of our water is a goal we will always try to meet and exceed. The Presidents Award is an important milestone as we seek to continuously improve and ultimately satisfy the requirements for the Excellence in Water Treatment award.”

The Partnership for Safe Water is a self-assessment program for water treatment plant and distribution system optimization. More than 250 utility subscribers, collectively serving more than 100 million people, commit to the Partnership’s goals of providing safe, high-quality drinking water by achieving operational excellence in water treatment or distribution. Partnership utility subscribers participate in a rigorous self-assessment and peer review process, developed by industry experts, and achieve recognition for their commitment to the delivery of safe water for their community.





Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority is a public water system and non-profit corporation handling water and wastewater operations in Beaufort and Jasper counties in South Carolina. BJWSA treats an average of 20 million gallons of water for consumption and 9 million gallons of wastewater each day.