American Water Canada, the non-regulated products and services division of American Water in Canada, recently announced it has received the 2008 Management Innovation Award from the American Public Works Association (APWA).

This award recognizes an individual, team or organization for the development and implementation of a creative idea, device, process or system that enhances the goals of public works in serving the public and protecting the environment. American Water Canada, the contracted operating authority, and the Elgin Area and Lake Huron Water Systems were jointly honored for the unique implementation of a Drinking Water Quality Management Standard (DWQMS).

The innovative implementation of the DWQMS focuses on continuous improvement of the quality of service and is aimed at reducing exposure to any associated hazards in the management and delivery of critical water supplies. The new delivery model not only allows for precise audits, improvements and strives to improve service levels, but recognizes the importance of the partnership between system owner, operating authority and the benefiting municipalities.

“The American Public Works Association Award recognizes the achievements of this partnership and further demonstrates the support and solutions that American Water can offer municipalities to best manage their systems and provide reliable water service to their customers. We are obviously very proud to receive such prestigious recognition,” said Jeffrey McIntyre, vice president of American Water Canada Corp.

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