Madisonville gets high marks for drinking water | News
Fifty-four water treatment plants in Kentucky, including Madisonville Light & Water, have been recognized by the Energy and Environment Cabinet for their demonstrated success in producing drinking water in 2012 that consistently met or exceeded state water quality standards.
The 54 systems honored are among 155 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 and disinfection byproduct 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. Disinfection byproducts are formed when chlorine reacts with organic material such as vegetation found in the source water.
“Together, these 54 systems serve more than 2.2 million Kentuckians who can be assured that their water treatment systems are committed to producing safe drinking water from Kentucky’s lakes, rivers and reservoirs,” said Julie Roney, coordinator of the Division of Water’s Drinking Water Program. “The operators and staff of these plants deserve our recognition and our gratitude for making the technical, managerial and financial improvements to their operations that allow them to continue to provide clean drinking water to the public.”
Two of the water systems received an AWOP Champion Award. This award takes into account the number of years the system has been optimized, as well as the dedication of the operating staff. Lawrenceburg Water Department won in the category for large population served (more than 10,000 customers). The Williamsburg Water Treatment Plant won the Champion Award for small population served (fewer than 10,000 customers).
Thirteen treatment plants received special recognition for achieving the optimized microbial water quality goals 100 percent of the time in 2012. These include Benham Water Plant, Bowling Green Municipal Utilities, Columbia/Adair County Water Treatment Plant, Hardin County Water District No. 2, Jackson County Water Association, Jamestown Municipal Water System, Liberty Water Works, Logan-Todd Regional Water Commission, Madisonville Light and Water, McCreary County Water District - Flat Rock Plant, North Point Training Center, U.S. Enrichment Corp. and Wood Creek Water District.
Water systems recognized for meeting the microbial goals 95 percent of the time in 2012 include the following systems: