By Portia Williams
GREENUP, Ky. — According to reports from the Energy and Environment Cabinet, 61 drinking water treatment plants in Kentucky consistently produced drinking water in 2013 that exceeded state and federal water quality standards. Greenup County Water System is among the plants recognized for superior performance.
Reports form EEC said The 61 systems are among 149 public and private water treatment plants in the state that participated in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Area-Wide Optimization Program (AWOP).
Lundie Meadows, mayor of Greenup, said they are delighted to receive the recognition, as superior performance is always their objective.
“We have strived for these goals each and every year. These are division of water standards, and more or less, what this is telling us is that we have exceeded those standards and went above and beyond what the standards called for,” Meadows said.”The recognition is for those plant operators, the men and women over there that treat our water, and produce our water. It is also for our distribution staff out in the system that do a great job on a continued basis.”
Meadows said they will continue to work at improving the treatment plant in Greenup.
According to ECC, 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.
Two of the water systems received an AWOP Champion Award. This award takes into account the number of years the system has been optimized and maintained overall compliance as well as the dedication of the operating staff. Kentucky American Water’s Richmond Road Station won in the category for large water plant designed to produce more than 50,000 gallons of water per day. The Williamsburg Water Department won the Champion Award for small water plant, designed to produce less than 50,000 gallon of water per day. This was Williamsburg’s third Champion Award.
Six treatment plants received special recognition for achieving the optimized microbial water quality goals 100 percent of the time in 2013. These include Greensburg Water Works, Hardin County Water District 2, Jackson County Water Association, Jamestown Municipal Water Works, Laurel County Water District 2 and Rattlesnake Ridge Water District.
Water systems that met the microbial goals 95 percent of the time in 2013 include Barbourville Water & Electric, Beech Fork Water Commission, Benham Water Plant, Berea Municipal Utilities,Booneville Water, Bowling Green Municipal Utilities, Burkesville Water Works, Cave Run Regional Water Commission, Columbia/Adair County Water Commission, Corbin Utilities Commission, Crittenden-Livingston County Water District, Danville Water Works, Elizabethtown Water Department/City Springs, Franklin Water Works, Glasgow Water Co./Barren River, Glasgow Water Co./Beaver Creek, Grayson Utility Commission, Green River Valley Water District, Greensburg Water Works, Greenup Water System, Hardin County Water District 1, Hardin County Water District 2, Hartford, Municipal Water Works, Hodgenville Water Works, Hopkinsville Water Environmental Authority, Irvine Municipal Utilities, Jackson County Water Association, Jackson Municipal Water Works, Jamestown Municipal Water Works, Jenkins Water System, Kentucky American/Richmond Road Station, Kentucky American/Hardin’s Landing, Laurel County Water District No. 2, Lawrenceburg Water & Sewer Department, Leitchfield Water Works, Liberty Water Works, Logan-Todd Regional Water Commission, London Utility Commission, Louisa Water Department, Louisville Water Company/Crescent Hill, Madisonville Light & Water, Martin County Water District, McCreary County Water District/Flat Rock, Morehead State University, Morgantown Water System, Northern Kentucky Water Service/Taylor Mill, Northern Kentucky Water Service/Fort Thomas, Northern Kentucky Water Service/Memorial Parkway, Olive Hill Municipal Water Works, Paducah Water,Pineville Water,Princeton Water & Sewer Commission, Rattlesnake Ridge Water District, Stanford Water Works, US Enrichment Corp., Versailles Water, West Liberty Water Co., Western Fleming Water District, Williamsburg Water Department, Winchester Municipal Utilities, Wood Creek Water District.
Portia Williams can be reached at 740-370-0712 or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.