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Gloucester Public Water System Honored at Drinking Water Awards Day
May 22, 2015
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) gave special recognition to the City of Gloucester to acknowledge its vastly improved public drinking water system during Drinking Water Week. A ceremony rededicating Gloucester’s entire system kicked off MassDEP Drinking Water Awards Day festivities on Tuesday, May 5, 2015.
In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed a Congressional Joint Resolution establishing the first week of May as national Drinking Water Week. Established by the MassDEP’s Drinking Water Day Committee, Drinking Water Awards Day occurs annually during the Drinking Water Week. Following the rededication ceremony, Gloucester and 40 other communities and organizations will be honored at a luncheon at the Gloucester House. Gloucester will receive one of four Regional Recognition Awards.
The Gloucester Rededication Ceremony, featuring Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken and Public Works Director Michael Hale, will begin at 10 am at the West Gloucester Water Treatment Plant, 372 Magnolia Avenue, Gloucester. A tour of the plant will follow, leading up the luncheon and awards ceremony featuring Massachusetts Water Works Association (MWWA) President Randy Swigor as Master of Ceremonies, as well as MWWA Executive Director Jennifer Pederson, New England Water Works Association (NEWWA) Executive Director Ray Raposa and MassDEP Drinking Water Program Director Yvette DePeiza.
In recognizing Gloucester’s public drinking water system improvements, MassDEP noted, “Gloucester DPW has been proactive in making sure their facility will reliably make safe water for their city now and for many decades to come. The many upgrades that have been made since 2009 include improvements to water treatment plants (including items such as filtration, chemical feed systems, electrical, SCADA systems and satellite operation systems) pumping stations, water storage facilities, reconstruction to a critical water supply dam, and key water main reconstruction projects. More is planned for the future to other dams and structures at this system to keep this facility running at its best.”