Newport Beach, California, October 20, 2014– The Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) honors Greenville Water with the Gold Award for Exceptional Utility Performance in ceremonies at its 2014 Executive
Management Conference. In 2006, seven national agencies including EPA and AMWA created a Committee to address common challenges that water utilities faced across the country, such as rising costs and workforce complexities. The Committee identified ten attributes of an effectively managed water utility. The attributes include product quality, customer satisfaction, employee development, financial vitality and infrastructure stability. Following a stringent peer review, Greenville Water was presented with this distinguished recognition. Greenville Water CEO David Bereskin accepted the award. “This award is recognition of Greenville Water’s ability to provide quality water to our customers in a sustainable manner while responsibly managing our finances and infrastructure,” says Bereskin.
The peer review cited Greenville Water’s many accomplishments including completion of the first formal Natural Resources Management Plan for two of its watersheds. Greenville Water also obtained a permitted water resource portfolio from three separate watersheds that can sustain its service area with water for over 56 years. The utility actively engages its stakeholders through its economic development, community giving and public outreach programs and implemented the Greenville Water Leadership Academy to provide in-house leadership training to supervisory employees. It maintains AAA bond ratings with all three major bond-rating agencies, developed a formal asset management system to more accurately prioritize and budget water main replacements and updated its security and emergency response plan and training.
Greenville Water provides service to nearly 500,000 residents of the Upstate region of South Carolina. Recognizing that water service is critical to the health and well-being of its customers and for the growth and economic vitality of the community, Greenville Water ensures the reliable delivery of high-quality water through careful stewardship of its resources. Greenville Water is committed to providing exceptional service and utilizing safe and effective methods for providing water, while adhering to and surpassing health and safety standards. Governed by an elected Commission of Public Works, Greenville Water is the state’s largest water utility.
The Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies is an organization of the largest publicly owned drinking water suppliers in the United States.
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