Just in time for the Take Back the Tap campaign promoting drinking the water from your faucet as healthy and more environmentally sound than bottled water, Plainfield Township has proof of their water quality.
At a September Michigan American Water Works Association meeting, the township received three awards for the quality of their water department. The 2009 Exemplary Wellhead Protection Program Award and the 2009 Water Quality Report Award were both accepted by Water Treatment Plant Supervisor Don Petrovich at the September 21 township board meeting.
The first award went to the township for their outstanding efforts in protecting the public water supply. The second was given to water suppliers who use their annual report to educate their citizens on the quality of the water supply.
The township also earned the 2009 Edward Dunbar Rich Service Award. This was accepted by board member Charles Weldon for his son, Matt Weldon who is the township water department assistant supervisor of distribution.
The award is given annually by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, In cooperation with the AWWA, to those who have 25 years of meritorious and faithful service in the waterworks industry.
Petrovich gave credit to his staff for the first award, “The trick is to surround yourself with excellence,” he stated. The board and Tom Smith, a representative from AWWA thanked Petrovich, Weldon and the water department staff for their award-winning efforts.