TITUSVILLE, FL - (April 18, 2008) – The City of Titusville will be presented with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2007 Consumer Confidence Report Excellence Award at its upcoming City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 22.
“It is an incredible honor for the City of Titusville to receive this award,” exclaimed Raynetta Curry Grant, Titusville’s Water Resources Director. “We were competing with reports from much larger utilities from eight different states. Titusville’s citizens can be proud to know that we have produced a report of such quality that it was chosen for this award.”
Titusville’s Water Resources Department Conservation Program and Water Production Division produce the annual Consumer Confidence Report (CCR), also known as the water quality report. According to Maureen Phillips, Community Programs Coordinator, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) has six award categories based on system size and source. Titusville’s 2007 CCR was selected to represent the state in one of the large system categories. The U.S. EPA then selected it as the winner in this same category for Region 4. Region 4 consists of eight states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
“Each year we work to improve our CCR,” explained Phillips. “All community water systems are required by law to produce this report. What we try to do is produce a report that goes beyond the legislated requirements. We want our customers to have a report that they will want to read. One that contains information on our services and programs that will help them such as contact phone numbers, water conservation programs, and emergency preparedness.”
The Environmental Protection Agency Consumer Confidence Report Excellence Awards program is intended to highlight effective and informative Consumer Confidence Reports and the commitment by a utility toward informing their consumers about their drinking water. The principal objectives of the program are to recognize systems demonstrating their commitment to go beyond just compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act by producing an outstanding Consumer Confidence Report; heighten overall public awareness of the contributions of public water supplies for ensuring adequate and safe drinking water; and encourage public support for maintaining this exemplary status.
Mr. Van Hoofnagle (FDEP Drinking Water Program Administrator) and Ms. Kim Dodson (Environmental Manager, Drinking Water Compliance and Enforcement Central District) will present the CCR Excellence award at Tuesday night’s meeting. Titusville City Council meetings are held in the Council Chamber at City Hall, 555 S. Washington Avenue beginning at 6:30 p.m.