Hartford water system receives state award | News
Five water treatment plants in the Green River Area Development District (GRADD) have been recognized by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) for demonstrating success in producing drinking water that consistently meets or exceeds state water quality standards.
Hartford Municipal Water Works, Ohio County Water District and Rio Tinto Alcan (Henderson County) were among 54 systems across the Commonwealth to meet microbial goals 95 percent of the time in 2012. Henderson Water Utility South and Owensboro Municipal Utilities were two of four systems to receive certificates for meeting disinfection byproduct goals.
These recipients were among 155 public and private water treatment plants in the Commonwealth to participate in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Area-Wide Optimization Program (AWOP).
This 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.”