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County’s Water Utilities Department Honored for Management Excellence

For immediate release: Date: October 24, 2006
Contact: Robert Nelton, Water Utilities 561-493-6062

The Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department won the prestigious 2006 Platinum Award for Sustained Competitiveness Achievement from the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies. Bevin Beaudet, Director of the Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department, was presented with the award on Tuesday, October 17 at the AMWA's Annual Meeting in Charleston, SC.

"To win this award the Water Utilities Department (WUD) had to demonstrate excellence in every area of utility planning, engineering, finance and operations. While this award reflects positively on each and every WUD employee, it would have been impossible to win without the sustained support of the Board of County Commissioners and the direction and foresight of our Advisory Board. Prudent investment in people and technology allows Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department to deliver the best water, the best service and the best environmental stewardship to our service area," Beaudet said.

The Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department has an aggressive water reclamation program that produces up to five billion gallons of reclaimed water annually for irrigation of golf courses and residential communities. A $250 million, seven-year capital improvement program is fully funded from internally generated funds and existing bonds. Returns on leadership, asset management, customer satisfaction and efficient business operations help secure the department's competitive edge.

"Meeting competitive goals for efficiency, cost of operations and quality of service are hallmarks of AMWA's award-winning water systems," said AMWA President Mark Premo, General Manager of Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility. "They are forward looking in their plans to maintain their infrastructure and ensure future water supplies," he said.

"Platinum Award winners have established a track record of management excellence, continuously applying best management practices to meet the public's requirements for safe water and low-cost service," Premo noted. "Improvement gains from effectiveness and efficiency have been reinvested to enhance quality, increase customer satisfaction and control rates," he said.

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