Tallahassee Receives Honors from EPA for Water Quality

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City of Tallahassee Release: 2012 Water Quality Report Recognized For Excellence

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the City of Tallahassee the prestigious Excellence Award for its exemplary annual 2012 Water Quality Report as well as its outstanding public awareness activities and long history of environmental stewardship in the community.

The Water Quality Report is also known as the Consumer Confidence Report (CCR). It is a federally mandated publication that provides customers with important information on the City’s drinking water quality and supply, advanced technology and resource protection accomplishments.

The City’s report placed first in the Large Groundwater System Category (serving 100,000+ customers) among the eight other state winners from EPA Region IV. This area includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), which reviews all CCRs in the state, chose Tallahassee’s report as the state winner in its category and nominated it for the regional competition.

“Being recognized by the EPA reinforces what we know to be true, that the City of Tallahassee provides the best-tasting, highest quality drinking water that exceeds all federal and state standards and the importance we place on communicating with our residents,” said City Commissioner Nancy Miller, lead commissioner on the City’s Long Range Planning Target Issue Committee. “Achieving this top honor reflects our longstanding commitment to preserving local water resources and protecting the environment.”

The EPA’s annual Excellence Award recognizes water systems that demonstrate a commitment to go beyond compliance to produce outstanding and highly informative CCRs. It also highlights the Water Utility’s strong commitment to ensure safe drinking water, protect public health, foster water resource education and encourage citizen support to maintain the utility’s noteworthy status.

Since 1999, Your Own Utilities has provided customers with an annual CCR in accordance with federal mandates set forth by the 1996 Safe Drinking Water Act.

The educational brochure is mailed to all City Water customers and is available online at Talgov.com/YOU.

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