FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet recognized 36 surface water treatment plants in Kentucky for meeting the goals of Kentucky’s Area-Wide Optimization Program, for 2016. Among those recognized was Hartford Municipal Water Works and the Ohio County Water District.
AWOP is a multi-state initiative administered through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The purpose of AWOP is to encourage drinking water systems to meet optimization goals that are more stringent than the regulations. Twenty-six states, including Kentucky, take part in AWOP.
AWOP provides tools and approaches for drinking water systems to meet water quality optimization goals, which in turn provides consumers an increased and sustainable level of public health protection. In particular, the program emphasizes optimal turbidity removal through the drinking water treatment process. Turbidity, or cloudiness, is a measurement of particles in water, including soil, algae, bacteria, viruses and other substances. The program also focuses on improving existing facilities rather than implementing costly capital improvements.
Participating systems that meet the high standards of AWOP receive certificates that recognize their accomplishments. “Together, these 36 drinking water treatment plants serve more than 1.7 million Kentuckians,” said Joe Uliasz, supervisor of the Compliance and Technical Assistance Section. “Drinking water treatment plant operators deserve our recognition and appreciation for their daily efforts to exceed the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act.”
Two water treatment plants received an AWOP Champion Award. This award takes into account the high level of optimization achieved, as well as the system’s overall compliance record for the previous three years. Wood Creek Water District was awarded the 2016 Champion Award for a large drinking water treatment plant (designed to produce 3 million or more gallons of water a day). Leitchfield Water Works received the 2016 Champion Award for a small drinking water treatment plant (designed to treat less than 3 million gallons of water a day).
Eleven AWOP drinking water systems received special recognition, with a gold seal on their certificate, for achieving the AWOP goals 100 percent of the time in 2016. These include Barbourville Water and Electric, Cave Run Regional Water Commission, Green River Valley Water District, Greensburg Water Works, Jackson County Water Association, Jamestown Municipal Water Works, Laurel County Water District No. 2, Liberty Water Works, Logan Todd Regional Water Commission, Madisonville Light and Water, and Rattlesnake Ridge Water District.
The following drinking water systems received certificates for meeting the AWOP criteria:
Barbourville Water and Electric
Burkesville Water Works
Cave Run Regional Water Commission
Columbia-Adair County Water Commission
Danville City Water Works
Franklin Water Works
Glasgow Water Company – Plants A and B
Green River Valley Water District
Greensburg Water Works
Hardin County Water District No. 2 – Plants A and B
Hartford Municipal Water Works
Hodgenville Water Works
Jackson County Water Association
Jackson Municipal Water Works
Jamestown Municipal Water Works
Kentucky American Water – Plants B and C
Laurel County Water District No. 2
Lawrenceburg Water and Sewer Department
Lebanon Water Works Company, Incorporated
Leitchfield Water Works
Liberty Water Works
Logan Todd Regional Water Commission
Louisville Water Company – Plant A
Madisonville Light and Water
McCreary County Water District – Plant B
Northern Kentucky Water Service – Plant C
Ohio County Water District
Rattlesnake Ridge Water District
Stanford Water Works
Western Fleming Water District
Williamsburg Water Department
Wood Creek Water District