Palm Coast - The City of Palm Coast's water utility system has been selected as the 2017 Outstanding Water Distribution System for Division 5 by the Florida Section of the American Water Works Association.

The first-place award is based on water quality, operations, record-keeping, system maintenance, professionalism, safety, emergency preparedness and the cross-connection control program. Recipients must demonstrate high standards and integrity in the operation of their water distribution systems.

Palm Coast Utility Systems Manager Randy Zaleski accepted the award at the Florida Section of AWWA's annual business meeting and awards luncheon held in Orlando last week. There are eight divisions in the competition, with each utility grouped with other utilities of the same size (based on the number of service connections).

"This award covers the entire water distribution system - everything from the meter-reading process to testing and repairs of our back-flow preventers, valve maintenance, new meter installs, emergency repairs, safety procedures, staying up-to-date with certifications and giving excellent customer service to our residents," Zaleski said.

"We are very proud to be recognized for the quality of our water distribution system, and I want to congratulate our Utility System Technicians and Meter Technicians," he said. "The Utility is here for our customers, and this recognition would not be possible without the dedicated employees who provide a high level of service 24/7."

The Florida Section of the American Water Works Association provides comprehensive technical training and continuing educational programs for the water industry. The association has more than 2,200 members in Florida.

For more information, contact Cindi Lane, Palm Coast Communications & Marketing Manager, at 386-986-3708 or