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DPH Marks Drinking Water Week; Issues Awards to Four CT Water Systems for Exceptional Service

National Drinking Water Week Emphasizes the Preservation of Clean, Safe Drinking Water  

The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) today is marking National Drinking Water Week by issuing four merit awards to Public Water Systems in Connecticut and their staff who have demonstrated exceptional service and dedication to ensuring safe drinking water in the state.  National Drinking Water Week runs this week across the country and emphasizes the importance of preserving the nation’s supply of clean, safe drinking water as essential to human health.  

Drinking water is a precious public health resource that is often taken for granted. There are over 2,500 public drinking water systems in Connecticut which provide safe drinking water to approximately 2,900,000 Connecticut residents and visitors on a daily basis. Approximately 75% of state residents rely on a public drinking water system. 

“Congratulations to our awardees and to the entities they represent. On behalf of DPH, thank you for your outstanding service protecting public health to assure safe drinking water for everyone in our state” shared Lori J. Mathieu, Public Health Section Chief, DPH Drinking Water Section.

DPH’s Drinking Water Section is responsible for the administration of state and federal drinking water regulations and is dedicated to assuring the quality and adequacy of the state’s public drinking water sources. DPH provides technical assistance, education and regulatory enforcement. This year’s four merit awards, provided annually, for exceptional service and dedication to ensuring the safety of CT’s drinking water are as follows:

  • Educational Public Health Drinking Water Merit Award:  Scott Bonett, Senior Associate at Hazen & Sawyer:
  • The Certified Operator Public Health Drinking Water Merit Award: The City of Groton Utilities:
  • The Small Community Public Health Drinking Water Merit Award: The Town of Haddam:
  • The Small Community Public Health Drinking Water Merit Award: The Woodland Summit Community Water Association of Tolland:

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