Water Treatment and Distribution Services wins diversity award for outreach
The Public Works Department’s Water Treatment and Distribution Services Division received recognition for leading several community outreach programs around the production of tap water. Water Treatment and Distribution Services received the American Water Works Association’s Diversity Award, which recognizes individuals, groups and organizations that create, promote and maintain diversity by establishing an environment that recognizes, encourages and effectively uses each individual's talents.
The city’s Hmong population has been involved in much of the outreach by Minneapolis Water. Many in that community were born and raised overseas in areas where the tap water was not safe, and as a result they believed buying bottled water was the only way to get clean, safe drinking water. Tours of the City’s water plants were arranged, during which members from the community saw firsthand how water from the Mississippi River is purified. Everyone could get answers to questions about health concerns. Those tours proved so successful that they’re now done every year.
Water Treatment and Distribution Services provides safe, high-quality drinking water to approximately a half million people every day, including people who work in, visit and live in Minneapolis; residents of seven suburbs; travelers at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport; and visitors to Fort Snelling State Park.
Published Sep 7, 2016