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.


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”

Division of Water Updates Regulations for Public Drinking Water Systems

Rules for Bacteria Testing, Lead and Copper Testing, and

Bottled Water are finalized

Amendments proposed by the Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) to three regulations regarding public drinking water became effective on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. They are:  Microbiological Testing (401 KAR 8:200), Lead and Copper (401 KAR 8:300), and Bottled Water (401 KAR 8:700).

Amendments to the microbiological testing regulation (401 KAR 8:200) adopt the federal Revised Total Coliform Rule (40 C.F.R. 141.851 through 861) which requires improved sampling techniques, establishes a maximum E. coli contaminant level, triggers additional testing when E. coli is detected, and requires corrective action when bacteria in the public water distribution system are identified. The amendments to the regulation also clarify reporting requirements for public water systems, and increase flexibility and improve accuracy in determining “population served” by the public water system. Public water systems’ sample site plans must be filed with the DOW no later than December 31, 2015. All public water systems must comply with the requirements established in the Revised Total Coliform Rule beginning January 1, 2016. Continue reading “Division of Water Updates Regulations for Public Drinking Water Systems”

2016 Call for Projects for Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds

The Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA) and the Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) are announcing the 2016 Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and the 2016 Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Call for Projects. The 2016 Call for Projects will be open from October 1, 2014, to December 12, 2014. Project submittals will occur electronically and will be coordinated through the Area Water Management Councils. No paper submittals will be accepted.

The State Revolving Fund (SRF) programs are competitive, low-interest loan programs for drinking water, wastewater, stormwater and nonpoint source projects. If you are interested in receiving funding from either SRF loan program, you must coordinate with your Area Development District to update or submit a Project Profile. The information provided in the Project Profile will be used by the Division of Water to score and rank projects based on the published set of criteria. The 2016 Project Priority List will be available on KIA’s website in the spring of 2015. Continue reading “2016 Call for Projects for Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds”

Kentucky’s provides a Report Card on Drinking Water Systems – Results show Health-Based Violations Continue to Remain Low

The Division of Water is providing citizens with the opportunity to check to see if their public water systems are in compliance with the federal Safe Drinking Water Act when they review a Division of Water (DOW) report that summarizes violations incurred by public water systems each calendar year.

This year’s Annual Compliance Report (ACR) indicates health-based violations held steady in 2013, increasing slightly from 48 to 50.  Health-based violations account for less than 5% of the drinking water violations processed in 2013. Continue reading “Kentucky’s provides a Report Card on Drinking Water Systems – Results show Health-Based Violations Continue to Remain Low”