For Immediate Release - May 07, 2013

Patrick-Murray Administration Announces 81 Winners of 2013 Public Water Systems Awards as Part of National Drinking Water Week

SPRINGFIELD – To commemorate the annual National Drinking Water Week (May 5-11), the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) today announced the annual Public Water Systems Awards, given every year to large and small drinking water systems throughout the state. Since 1991, MassDEP has given these awards to acknowledge the many dedicated professionals whose accomplishments in maintaining consistent and safe delivery of  potable water to the residents of the Commonwealth are worthy of special commendation.  

“In 2012, the Commonwealth was fortunate to have 1,752 public water systems that consistently demonstrated outstanding performance that remains essential to public health and preservation of our natural resources,” said MassDEP Commissioner Kenneth Kimmell. “It is with pleasure that each year, from among the state’s many worthy public water systems, we note those whose effort we feel over the past year deserve special recognition.”

The 2013 Public Water Systems Awards were announced today during a ceremony held at the Springfield Technical Community College.

All of the state's public water systems were nominated simply by serving as a public water system. The following is a list of the 81 award recipients chosen by MassDEP:

Energy Conservation Award
Cambridge Water Department

Water Conservation Award
Groton Water Department

Source Protection Awards
Children First Enterprises, Inc.
Worcester DPW, Water Operations Division
Danvers Water Department
Mattapoisett Water Department

Regional Recognition Awards
Turners Falls Water Department
Sturbridge Water Department
Amesbury DPW, Water Division
Dennis Water District
Small Community Awards
Erving Water Department
Hampden Housing Authority
West Stockbridge Water Department
Brookfield Water Department
Overlook Life Care Community - Charlton
Still Meadow - Groton
Harvard Green Condominiums
Briarwood Townhouses - Andover
Wellesley College
Townhouses at Chance Court - Carver
Providence House – Kingston

Medium and Large Community Awards
Ashburnham/Winchendon Joint Water Authority
Salem Beverly Water Supply Board
Chelmsford Water District
Devens Mass Development
Pepperell DPW, Water Division
Uxbridge DPW, Water Division
Winchester Water Department
Centerville Osterville Marstons Mills Water Department
Halifax Water Department
Harwich Water Department
Mashpee Water District
Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
Consecutive System Awards
Chicopee Water Department (MWRA)
Woodland Water District - Auburn
Southborough DPW, Water Division
Beverly Water Department
Reading Water Department
Rings Island Water District - Salisbury
Tyngsborough Water District
Watertown Water Department (MWRA)
North Dighton Fire District
Mattapoisett River Valley Water District
Non-transient Non-community System Awards
Quabbin Administration Building - Belchertown
PMDM Realty, LLC - Belchertown
Mohawk Trail Regional High School – Shelburne Falls
Hawlemont Regional School - Charlemont
Westover ARB - Chicopee
Colrain Central Elementary School
Children First Enterprises, Inc. - Granby
Granville Village School
Rudolf Steiner School - Great Barrington
Green Meadows School - Hampden
Rediker Software - Hampden
Heath Elementary School
Berkshire Mall Group - Lanesborough
Petersham Center School
Berkshire Country Day School - Stockbridge
New Berlin Memorial School
Nashoba Regional High School - Bolton
Bright Horizons Daycare - Boxborough
Village Nursery School - Harvard
Hopkinton Country Club
Hubbardston Center School
Horn Packaging - Lancaster
Oakham Elementary School
Bonsal American - Oxford
Phillipston Memorial School
Post Office Place Realty Trust - Princeton
Heifer International: Overlook Farm - Rutland
BJs Wholesale Distribution Center – Uxbridge
Nauset Regional High School - Eastham
Plymouth South Elementary School
Cedar Brook School - Rehoboth
Old Colony YMCA - Stoughton
Drummer Boy Condominiums - Wellfleet

This year also commemorates the 39th Anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act, an action that formed the core of the national efforts to provide quality drinking water and protect the health of all citizens.

National Drinking Water Week recognizes the importance of water source protection and conservation, as well as the value, importance, and fragility of the Commonwealth's water resources. MassDEP works with drinking water utilities to make sure that the water delivered to consumers meets all federal and state standards and is clean and abundant. These efforts are vital to the Massachusetts economy and to the public health. For more information on drinking water, visit: Drinking Water

The tasks facing state drinking water programs and public water systems continue to be extremely challenging, especially in an era of scarce resources. The drinking water infrastructure in many cities is aging and presents daunting resource demands. The nation continues to be challenged by new and emerging drinking water contaminants associated with an industrial society.

Sponsors for this year’s event include: Barnstable County Water Utilities Association, Mass Rural Water Association, Massachusetts Water Works Association, New England Water Works Association, Middlesex/Worcester Co. Water Works Association, Plymouth County Water Works Association, RCAP Solutions, and Western Mass Waterworks Association.

MassDEP is responsible for ensuring clean air and water, safe management and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills, and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.