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The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet has recognized 61 drinking water treatment plants for outstanding performance in meeting state and federal water quality standards.
The Cabinet only acknowledged the achievements of drinking water treatment plants that consistently met or exceeded standards at least 95 percent of the time their water was sampled in 2013. A total of 61 water treatment facilities, delivering water to a combined 2.3 million people, managed to achieve such a performance, out of 149 public and private water treatment plants in Kentucky that took part in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Area-Wide Optimization Program (AWOP), the Cabinet said in a statement.
Of those, six plants achieved their water standard goals 100 percent of the time and received special recognition for their performance. A further two plants were given AWOP Champion Awards for consistent outstanding performance over a number of years and because of the dedication of their staff.
The main objective of the AWOP program is to encourage water treatment plants to achieve turbidity levels below those required by regulators. Turbidity, which is also called cloudiness, can be caused by dirt or sand, as well as by viruses or bacteria. Water treatment plants have to achieve certain standards by removing particles and microbes from drinking water to help prevent waterborne diseases.