PUD Wins 'TOP' Water Award

Posted Thursday, March 12, 2020

Skagit PUD’s Water Treatment Plant received a Washington State Office of Drinking Water Treatment Optimization Program (TOP) award in recognition of 15 years of meeting and exceeding strict water quality standards. 

Skagit PUD is among only four water treatment plants statewide to receive the 15 year TOP award.

“Achieving consistent, high quality drinking water like this is a mark of a very dedicated and skilled water treatment plant staff,” PUD Engineering Manager George Sidhu said.

Skagit PUD voluntarily participates in the state’s program, where water filtration plants commit to working toward meeting treatment optimization goals for particle removal and disinfection that are more stringent than current regulatory requirements.

Because turbidity (water cloudiness caused by suspended particles) is a readily measured indicator of treatment plant performance, TOP tracks finished water turbidity data for all conventional and direct filtration plants in Washington.

From 2001-2015, Skagit PUD’s finished water turbidity was 0.10 Nephelometric Turbidity Units (NTU) or less for at least 95 percent of the time, which met or exceeded TOP’s turbidity goal.