Water Treatment Plants Recognized for Superior Performance

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 23, 2015) – Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet has recognized 34 surface water treatment plants in the state for meeting the goals of Kentucky’s Area-Wide Optimization Program (AWOP).

The purpose of AWOP is to encourage water treatment plants and distributors of drinking water to surpass state and federal goals and standards.  Kentucky is one of 19 states that participate in AWOP initiatives.

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Avoiding Lead Contamination in Public Drinking Water in Kentucky

In light of the recent news reports of lead contamination in the drinking water in Flint, Michigan, awareness of the condition of our drinking water has been heightened in government, in water supply systems, and in the public.

In 2014 the city of Flint, Michigan, temporarily switched its water source from Lake Huron, supplied by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, to the Flint River, an inland source that can cause greater challenges for treating water than water that is from the Great Lakes. Flint treated the river water, but the water reaching people’s homes was corrosive. Water that’s corrosive can allow water in lead service lines – which connect water mains to household plumbing – to absorb lead from the lead service lines and plumbing. The result can be unacceptable levels of lead in the water that people may consume.

A primary mission of the Kentucky Division of Water is to ensure that safe and reliable drinking water is delivered to the citizens and businesses of the Commonwealth. As a part of that mission, the Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) reviews and takes action on data reported by Public Water Supply Systems (PWSS’s) on a regular and routine basis. Water quality data submitted to DOW from Kentucky’s water supplies indicate that Continue reading “Avoiding Lead Contamination in Public Drinking Water in Kentucky”

Harmful Algal Bloom recreational advisory issued for the Ohio River and tributaries

Advisory area stretches from W. Va. Line to Markland Dam

The Kentucky Division of Water (KDOW) and the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) are re-issuing a harmful algal bloom (HAB) recreational advisory for the Ohio River, extending the advisory downstream from the West Virginia state line to the Markland Dam located 3.5 miles downstream from Warsaw, Ky.

HAB

Water swallowed during recreational activities in this body of water may increase the risk of gastrointestinal symptoms such as stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Skin, eye and throat irritation and/or breathing difficulties may also occur after contact. Continue reading “Harmful Algal Bloom recreational advisory issued for the Ohio River and tributaries”

National Dam Safety Day focuses on awareness and keeping citizens safe

Nearly 1,000 active dams across the state provide drinking water, recreational opportunities and prevent flooding

On May 31, 1889, the South Fork Dam in Johnstown, Pennsylvania failed after several days of heavy rain.  The dam’s failure resulted in the loss of over 2,200 lives.  Each year, May 31st is a day set aside to remember this tragedy, promote dam safety and recognize the benefits that dams offer. Johnstown Flood May 31, 1889

This year the Association of State Dam Safety Officials along with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are  working to heighten awareness for dam safety. FEMA and state programs throughout the nation work tirelessly to ensure citizen’s safety.

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Water Treatment Plants Recognized for Superior Performance

Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet has recognized 33 surface water treatment plants in Kentucky for meeting the goals of Kentucky’s Area-Wide Optimization Program (AWOP).

The purpose of AWOP is to encourage drinking water plants and distributors to surpass state and federal goals and standards.  Twenty states, including Kentucky, participate in AWOP initiatives. Continue reading “Water Treatment Plants Recognized for Superior Performance”

Kentucky Division of Water celebrates Drinking Water Week

Water is precious: Make every drop count

DW Week

Governor Steve Beshear has proclaimed May 3-9, 2015, as Drinking Water Week in Kentucky to recognize the importance of source water protection and conservation, as well as the value, importance and fragility of our state’s water resources.

This year marks the 41st anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act, which ensures quality drinking water and protects the health of our citizens.

“Many Kentuckians rely on public water systems to provide a safe and dependable supply of water,” said Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) Secretary Len Peters.  “We often take for granted water that comes from turning on a faucet; this week is a time to reflect upon the importance of our safe water supply and to recognize the dedicated professionals working to keep it that way.” Continue reading “Kentucky Division of Water celebrates Drinking Water Week”

Visit Kentucky’s new Water Health Portal

PortalHave you ever wondered about the health of a stream? Is it safe to swim in or eat fish from a particular body of water? The new Water Health Portal provides answers to those questions.

Accessing information is easy. Just go to http://watermaps.ky.gov/ and select Water Health Portal. Type in your location, click on a stream, and learn about the health of the water. Easily identifiable color-coded icons
indicate whether a stream or lake supports a particular use, such as swimming, fishing and drinking. Continue reading “Visit Kentucky’s new Water Health Portal”