61 plants exceed standards
The Energy and Environment Cabinet announced today that 61 drinking water treatment plants in Kentucky consistently produced drinking water in 2013 that exceeded state and federal water quality standards.
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). 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 61 plants serve more than 2.3 million Kentuckians,” said Julie Roney, coordinator of the Division of Water’s Drinking Water Program. “Plant staff deserve our recognition and appreciation for optimizing their operations and management above and beyond the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act.”
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 the following systems: