Framingham’s Department of Public Works Water Division received the 2017 Utility of the Year Award in the large utility category (systems serving more than 50,000 people) from the New England Water Works Association.
 
The NEWWA cited Framingham’s efforts to eliminate lead in the city’s water service through the Lead Service Replacement Program, along with its educational outreach about the harmful effects of lead in water.
 
Framingham’s Water and Wastewater Director Blake Lukis accepted the award at the NEWWA’s meeting on Dec. 21 in Randolph.
 
The annual award program recognizes utilities that made significant improvements to their water system infrastructure, customer service, staff training, and/or operations to protect public health of its customers.
 
Framingham’s water system has 250 miles of pipe, approximately 17,000 service connections, four pumping stations, and six water tanks, according to the Water Division, which maintains the infrastructure.