Fort Wayne City Utilities is one of 14 drinking water systems in the country to win a 2005 Platinum Award for Sustained Competitiveness from the Association of the Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA).

City Utilities officials are in Santa Fe, New Mexico, today to accept the award.

AMWA recognizes municipal water agencies that are working to meet utility challenges in a competitive environment. AMWA'€™s Platinum Award winners are regarded as some of the country'€™s best-operated water systems.

In June, the American Water Works Association recognized the City with a Director'€™s Award from the Partnership for Safe Water for maintaining safe drinking water. This is the fifth consecutive year the City has won that top honor. The City is known as a Phase III plant for meeting the partnership'€™s water quality standards for five years in a row. The City is working toward being a Phase IV plant. Only three utilities in the country have reached that status.