Water-Managed Plant Receives
‘Water System of the Year’ Award From
The Pennsylvania Rural Water Association
Meadville Area Water Authority Enjoys
With American Water’s Products and Services Group
(Meadville, PA – April 13, 2004)
The Meadville Area Water Authority (MAWA) – which has been
managed by the Products and Services Group of American Water since 1997
– has been presented with the “Water System of the Year” award by
the Pennsylvania Rural Water Association (PRWA). The award recognizes the staff and board
of a water system for providing high quality water treatment and service
to its customers. There
are over 1,000 water and wastewater system members of PRWA, but only one
“Water System of the Year” award is presented annually.
serves a population of 16,000, which includes the service area of the
City of Meadville, and areas of West Mead and Vernon Townships.
In addition to the service area, the MAWA is the sole bulk water
provider to the Vernon Township Water Authority. The MAWA received the award, which focused on “Planning and
Resolving Emergencies,” due in large part to its effective handling
and prompt response to the August 2003 Park Avenue collapse. The street collapsed because of heavy rainstorms, which
caused a large culvert to fail and eroded a 6- and 8-inch water main.
The MAWA restored full water service to over 1,000 residents, two
retirement homes, and a large apartment complex within 40 hours of the
extremely pleased and honored that the Meadville Area Water Authority
was selected to receive the ‘Water System of the Year’ award by the
Pennsylvania Rural Water Association,” stated Donald L. Nold, American
Water Project Manager for the MAWA.
“Our success as a water utility – and specifically as related
to the Park Avenue emergency – is due to 100 percent employee
participation, effective emergency planning, maintaining a working
inventory, and the support of the board members.
It has truly been a team effort – and one that exemplifies how
partnerships between water companies and municipalities create win-win
situations for customers.”
“The dedication, professionalism
and concern of the water system and customers makes the Meadville Area
Water Authority truly deserving of the ‘Water System of the Year’
award,” stated John Hood, Executive Director of the PRWA.
was formed in 1991 when the Authority purchased the water system from
the City of Meadville in Pennsylvania.
In 1997 the Authority formed a partnership with American
Water’s Products and Services Group (formerly known as American Water
Services). Since then, the management services provided by American
Water has expanded, most recently in 2003 with a 10-year contract to
handle the MAWA’s overall operations management, financial planning,
accounting services, billing services for local water and sewer
customers, and community outreach.
Incidentally, the MAWA pump station celebrates its 100-year
anniversary this year.
The award was presented to Mr. Nold on behalf of the MAWA at the 2004
PRWA Annual Conference. Distinguished
invited guests included: Byron
Ross, Pennsylvania State Director of USDA Rural Development; Bobby
Scott, Vice President, National Rural Water Association; and Kerry
Benninghoff, Pennsylvania State Representative, District 171. Representatives from MAWA included: Al Cronin and Rick
Sansbury, Supervisor and Utility Laborer, respectively.
About Pennsylvania American
American, a subsidiary of American Water, provides reliable, quality
water and wastewater service to over 2 million people in the
Commonwealth. The Company
owns and operates 38 water treatment facilities, three wastewater
facilities and over 8,900 miles of pipeline to serve customers in 363
communities in 35 counties.