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Water treatment plants recognized for superior performance

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 22, 2012) — Forty-nine water treatment plants in Kentucky have been recognized by the Energy and Environment Cabinet for their demonstrated success in producing drinking water in 2011 that consistently met or exceeded state water quality standards.

The 49 systems honored are among 155 public and private water treatment plants in the state that participated in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Area-Wide Optimization Program (AWOP). The program challenges plants to reduce turbidity levels below those required by state and federal regulations. Turbidity, or cloudiness, of water can be caused by sand and dirt, as well as bacteria and viruses. Particle removal is critical for producing water that is free of dirt and microbes that can cause waterborne diseases.

“Together, these 49 systems serve more than a million Kentuckians who can be assured that their water treatment systems are committed to producing safe drinking water from Kentucky’s lakes, rivers and reservoirs,” said Julie Roney, coordinator of the Division of Water Drinking Water Program. “The operators and staff of these plants deserve our recognition and our gratitude for making the technical, managerial and financial improvements to their operations that allow them to continue to provide clean drinking water to the public.”

Two of the water systems received an AWOP Champion Award. This award takes into account the number of years the system has been optimized as well as the dedication of the operating staff. Hardin County Water District No. 2 won in the category for large population served (more than 10,000 customers). The Williamsburg Water Treatment Plant won the Champion Award for small population served (fewer than 10,000 customers).

Six treatment plants received special recognition for achieving the optimized water quality goals 100 percent of the time during 2012. The six are Cave Run Regional Water Commission, Columbia/Adair County Water Treatment Plant, Greensburg Water Works, Hardin County Water District No. 2, Jackson County Water Association and Kentucky American in Richmond.

Water systems recognized for meeting those goals 95 percent of the time during 2012 include the following:

Barbourville Water and Electric

Beattyville Water Works

Benham Water Plant

Booneville Water and Sewer District

Burnside Water Company

Crittenden-Livingston County Water District

Danville City Water Works

Elizabethtown Water Departments A and B

Franklin Water Works

Georgetown Municipal Water Service

Glasgow Water Companies A and B

Green River Valley Water District

Greenup County Water System

Hardin County Water District No. 1

Hartford Municipal Water Works

Irvine Municipal Utilities

Jackson Municipal Water Works

Jamestown Municipal Water Works

Kentucky American Water/Kentucky River Station

Kentucky American Water/Hardin Landing

Lawrenceburg Water and Sewer Department

Leitchfield Water Works, Liberty Water Works

Logan-Todd Regional Water Commission

London Utility Commission

Louisa Water Department

Madisonville Light & Water

McCreary County Water Districts A and B

Morehead Utility Plant Board

Nicholasville Water Department

North Point Training Center

Northern Kentucky Water Service A and C

Paducah Water Works