The Stanford Water Treatment Plant was among the 24 water treatment plants recognized for their success in producing drinking water thats consistently meets or exceeds state water quality standards. The Kentucky Division of Water presented awards last month to the water treatment plants during the 50th annual Kentucky Water and Wastewater Operators Association Conference in Louisville.
Through their voluntary participation in the Environmental Protection Agency's Area-Wide Optimization Program, 154 public and private water treatment plants were asked to reduce turbidity levels below those required by state and federal regulations. Turbidity, or cloudiness, of water can be caused by sand or dirt as well as bacteria and viruses. Particle removal is critical for producing water that is free from dirt and microbes that can cause water-borne diseases.
The 24 water systems recognized for meeting 95 percent optimized water quality goals for particle removal include Benham, Southern Water and Sewer District, London, North Point Training Center, Lawrenceburg, Franklin, Pineville, Greensburg, Hardin County Water District No. 2, Rattlesnake Ridge Water District, West Liberty, Morehead, Harlan, Ashland, Kentucky-American/Richmond Road Station, Trooper Island Camp, Stanford, Paducah, Barbourville, Alcan Ingot, Logan-Todd Regional Water Commission, Irvine, Beech Fork Water Commission and Nicholasville.