Drinking Water Treatment Facilities Recognized

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) recognizes drinking water treatment facilities across the Commonwealth that have achieved performance standards while participating in the Area-Wide Optimization Program (AWOP). This multi-state initiative is administered through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to facilitate drinking water systems in their voluntary efforts to achieve optimization goals that are more stringent than current regulations.

Drinking water systems utilize AWOP tools and methods to increase the level of protection to consumers. In particular, AWOP emphasizes the reduction of turbidity and disinfection byproducts (DBPs). Turbidity, or cloudiness, is a measurement of particles in water including soil, algae, bacteria, viruses and other substances. DBPs are formed when chlorine, which is used for disinfection, reacts with organic material found in the source water.

“The public benefits from our public drinking water systems’ voluntary participation in AWOP and our staff’s long standing implementation of the program” said Alicia Jacobs, the Division of Water’s drinking water branch manager. “The Division continues to be grateful for the commitment these water facilities have to protecting the health of the public by working to exceed Safe Drinking Water Act requirements.”

Two drinking water treatment plants received the AWOP Champion Award, which recognizes the system’s overall compliance record for the previous three years, and takes into account the high level of turbidity optimization achieved.

  • Jamestown Municipal Water Works water treatment plant received the 2020 Champion Award for a large drinking water treatment plant (designed to produce 3 million or more gallons of water per day).
  • Jackson County Water Association received the 2020 Champion Award for a small drinking water treatment plant (designed to treat less than 3 million gallons of water per day).
Team members from the Jackson County Water Treatment Plant

Fourteen AWOP drinking water plants earned special recognition for achieving the AWOP turbidity goals 100 percent of the time in 2020:

  • Barbourville Water and Electric
  • Cave Run Regional Water Commission
  • Hopkinsville Water Environment Authority
  • Jamestown Municipal Water Works
  • Kentucky State Penitentiary
  • Laurel County Water District No. 2
  • Lawrenceburg Water and Sewer Department
  • Liberty Water Works
  • London Utility Commission
  • Monroe County Water District
  • Princeton Water & Sewer Commission
  • Rattlesnake Ridge Water District
  • Versailles Water System
  • Wood Creek Water District
(from top left) Team members from Princeton, Rattlesnake Ridge,
Lawrenceburg, and Barbourville water treatment plants.

Forty-eight drinking water plants received a certificate for meeting the AWOP turbidity goals and criteria in 2020:

  • Barbourville Water & Electric
  • Blue Grass Army Depot
  • Bullock Pen Water District
  • Cave Run Regional Water Commission
  • Central City Water & Sewer
  • Century Aluminum
  • Columbia/Adair County Water Commission
  • Danville City Water Works
  • Franklin Water Works
  • Glasgow Water Company – Plants A & B
  • Grayson Utility Commission
  • Hardin County Water District No. 2 – Plants A & B
  • Harrodsburg Municipal Water Department
  • Hartford Municipal Water Works
  • Henderson Municipal Water & Sewer
  • Hodgenville Water Works
  • Hopkinsville Water Environment Authority
  • Jackson County Water Association
  • Jackson Municipal Water Works
  • Jamestown Municipal Water Works
  • Jenkins Water System
  • Kentucky American – Plant C
  • Kentucky State Penitentiary
  • Laurel County Water District No. 2
  • Lawrenceburg Water & Sewer Department
  • Lebanon Water Works Company Inc.
  • Leitchfield Water Works
  • Liberty Water Works
  • Logan Todd Regional Water Commission
  • London Utility Commission
  • Louisa Water Department
  • Madisonville Light & Water
  • McCreary County Water District – Plants A & B
  • McLean County Regional Water Commission
  • Monroe County Water District
  • Ohio County Water District
  • Paducah Water
  • Princeton Water & Sewer Commission
  • Providence Water Works
  • Rattlesnake Ridge Water District
  • Versailles Water System
  • Water Services Corporation of KY, Middlesboro
  • Williamsburg Water District
  • Williamstown Municipal Water
  • Wood Creek Water District
(from top left) Representatives from the Jackson Municipal, Madisonville,
Hardin 2A, and Central City water treatment facilities
(from top) Representatives from Henderson North, Paducah and
Logan Todd water treatment facilities

Seven drinking water systems received a certificate for meeting the AWOP DBP goals and criteria in 2020:

  • Cynthiana Municipal Water Works
  • Franklin Water Works
  • Glasgow Water Company – Plant A
  • Hardin County Water District #2 – Plant B
  • Henderson Water Utility South
  • Hopkinsville Water Environment Authority
  • Paducah Water
(from top) Team members from the Glasgow, Hopkinsville and
Henderson South water treatment facilities

For additional information about AWOP visit https://tinyurl.com/KYAWOP  or contact Jackie Logsdon at jackie.logsdon@ky.gov or 270-825-7513.