City’s water treatment plant gets national kudos from EPA

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By Becky Barnes


Cynthiana’s Municipal Water Works Department was one of three Kentucky water systems to receive national recognition.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that Cynthiana’s Water Treatment was the winner in one of six categories from small, medium and large surface and ground water systems in the 2011 Region 4 Consumer Confidence Report Excellence Awards.

Cynthiana won the medium division, serving 3,300 to 10,000 customers.

“We did not apply for this, but I’m certainly very proud of it,” said Todd Blanton, plant supervisor.

Blanton said the Cynthiana Water Treatment facility has gone since 2008 without any violations, which is another area of pride.

According to an EPA press release, the awards program promotes the development of effective consumer confidence reports and recognizes the commitment by local administration and plant personnel toward informing their consumers about their drinking water.

Blanton said the consumer confidence report is a 146-page document that he likened to a report card.

The U.S. EPA requires community water systems to put drinking water quality reports into the hands of their customers annually in the belief that the public has a right to know about local environmental information. While water systems are free to enhance their reports in any useful way, each report must notify customers of sources used, any detected contaminants, compliance with regulations and education information.

The reports are also useful tools to promote public participation in protecting water sources, said Kentucky’s top water official.

 “Educated consumers are more likely to help protect drinking water sources and to be more understanding of the need to upgrade the treatment facilities to keep their drinking water safe,” said Sandy Gruzesky, director of the Kentucky Division of Water. “I applaud these three water utilities for their achievements and commitment to their customers.”