July 09, 2020

State DENR Recognizes City For Water System Management/Maintenance

The Jackson Springs Water Treatment Plant The Jackson Springs Water Treatment Plant (City File Photo/Darrell Shoemaker)



City has met Drinking Water regulations

and state regulations for 17 years

RAPID CITY, SD--The State of South Dakota has recognized the City of Rapid City's public water system and the system's operation specialists for excellence in water system management and maintenance.

            The City has received the Secretary's Award for Drinking Water Excellence by the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).  With the award, the City is recognized for 17 consecutive years of meeting the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act and the state of South Dakota's regulations.

            "The coronavirus has brought us many challenges this year including uncertainty about the health of our families and communities.  Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of South Dakota's public water supply systems, one resource we do not need to worry about is safe drinking water.  DENR is excited to award the City of Rapid City with the Secretary's Award for Drinking Water Excellence for its efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic and for delivering safe drinking water to their customers for 17 consecutive years," said DENR Secretary Hunter Roberts.

            "Year after year the City of Rapid City system operation specialists have worked tirelessly to provide safe drinking water to its customers, and this year is no exception."

            Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender said the recognition is a reflection of the City and staff's commitment to citizens.

            "This recognition by the state underscores the hard work, dedication and commitment of the City public works department and water division staff to our community and its citizens to an efficient, quality operation that provides safe drinking water," said Mayor Steve Allender. "This award recognizes a lengthy track record of quality efforts and service."

            To qualify for the Secretary's Award, public water systems and their system operations specialists must meet all of the compliance monitoring and reporting requirements, drinking water standards and certification requirements for 10 consecutive years or more.

            The state's award release also recognizes the City's 28 system operations specialists.


Thank you,

Darrell W. Shoemaker | Communications Coordinator

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