Sun Staff

DEVENS — The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection announced 55 winners of the annual Public Water Systems Awards as part of National Drinking Water Week.

“During last year’s unprecedented drought, the work of these exemplary public water systems became more important than ever,” Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton said in a press release. “The Baker-Polito Administration is proud to recognize the drinking water professionals who work hard every day to ensure Massachusetts residents have a safe, reliable water supply.”

Recipients are acknowledged for their “accomplishments in maintaining consistent and safe delivery of potable water to the residents of the Commonwealth.”

The non-transient, non-community public water systems recognized “serve at least 15 connections or 25 persons at least four hours a day, four days a week and for a period of more than six months a year,” the MassDEP press release said. Among those recognized were Horn Packaging in Lancaster; the MIT Millstone Laboratory in Tyngsboro; The Appleworks in Harvard; and the Concord Hillside/Renaissance in Harvard.

Consecutive Systems, or water systems receiving some or all of its water from wholesale systems, were also recognized. Those award recipients included the Framingham Water Department (MWRA).

The Acton Water Supply District and Pepperell DPW Water Division were two of three recognized for water conservation.

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