ARWA recognizes Cordova as Source Water System of the Year

From left, Joseph Sison, Daniel Adajar, Ronalyn Adajar, and Supervisor Joel Felix were awarded the Source Water System of the Year award from the Alaska Rural Water Association. (Photo courtesy of Cathy Sherman/for The Cordova Times)
The City of Cordova’s Public Works Water Division was awarded the Source Water System of the Year award from the Alaska Rural Water Association. (Photo courtesy of Cathy Sherman/for The Cordova Times)

Cordova’s Public Works Water Division is one of 11 Region 10 winners of the 2018 Alaska Rural Water Association awards, announced during the ARWA 20th annual training conference in Anchorage.

Cordova was awarded the Source Water System of the Year – over 1,000 population during the conference, held Oct. 29-Nov. 1.

Cordova has a very tight control over its source water reservoirs, including proper signage and restrictive access. The city also has multiple collection surface sources that are closely managed for quality.

The ARWA is a member-based non-profit association that focuses on providing training and technical assistance to rural water and wastewater utilities throughout Alaska. The association is an affiliate of the National Rural Water Association, the nation’s largest utility membership organization, with over 31,000 system members throughout the country.