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PUDs earn top honors from Department of Health

The State Department of Health Office of Drinking Water (ODW) presented awards at two public utility districts recently. ODW honored Kitsap PUD with the “Commitment to Excellence Award” and Clark Public Utilities Water Quality and Production Manager, Steve Prather, with the “Lifetime Achievement Award.”

ODW presented the award to Kitsap PUD saying, “Healthy water systems, long-time employees, and happy customers all describe the Kitsap Public Utility District. The PUD, which owns and operates around 150 water systems, is committed to help struggling systems in Kitsap County. The PUD is a valuable partner for the Department of Health in providing safe and reliable drinking water.”

In a presentation in Vancouver, ODW officials presented Steve Prather with the “Lifetime Achievement” award at Clark Public Utilities. ODW recognized Prather for his efforts to “help operators respond to system concerns from remote facilities, which improves response times, minimizes damage and water loss, and improves service to customers.”

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