ISO 14001: 2004 Certification
The Department of Public Utilities has long been dedicated to providing safe drinking water, sewer services and reliable power while also being committed to strong environmental stewardship. In 2014 the department achieved International Organization of Standards (ISO) 14001: 2004 certification through an independent third party certification process, validating that commitment.
ISO 14001 is an internationally known voluntary standard for ensuring that all processes related to the environment are identified, managed and reviewed on a routine basis through an environmental management system (EMS) and is the gold standard for entities that value environmental stewardship. Less than 1% of those holding this certification in the country are known to be government or public entities.
Environmental Management System
The department has been developing its EMS since 2007 in order to sustain a more effective environmental compliance program while identifying ways to reduce environmental impacts associated with treating wastewater and providing safe drinking water and reliable power.
Department staff had to demonstrate to an independent auditor that it met various elements of the standard. The standard requires that the department identify all of its activities that may have an effect on the environment, adopt criteria in which to score these activities, and develop management programs to eliminate or minimize these impacts. Other requirements include effective document control, training and emergency preparedness programs that address environmental items. Environmental improvements are included in our department's Annual Report, or for greater detail, view the 2017 Environmental Improvements Report.