Below is a press release from the MassDEP:
BOSTON, MA — The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) recently announced that 119 public water systems across the Commonwealth — including the Town of Wilmington — have received awards of commendation for their noteworthy public service delivered during 2020. The criteria MassDEP uses 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.
“The Baker-Polito Administration is proud to recognize our dedicated drinking water providers during National Drinking Water Week,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. “Public water suppliers in Massachusetts, especially during the pandemic, showed great dedication and commitment to ensuring our residents have consistent access to safe, clean, healthy drinking water.”
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, and each of the systems recognized have complete compliance with the regulations for calendar year 2020.
For more than 30 years, during National Drinking Water Week in May, MassDEP has recognized and awarded certain exemplary systems that have reached meritorious service for their work during the previous calendar year. This year’s public ceremony, however, was held virtually and through the mail due to restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“2020 presented challenges for public water systems and MassDEP is honored to recognize these exceptional systems, which exemplified public service in providing continuous and consistently clean and safe potable water to their residents,” said MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg. “Many public water systems across the Commonwealth do a great job, but each year, there are some systems that stand out and deserve special recognition and commendation.”
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