Kentucky American Water is proud to announce the achievement of two Phase III Directors Awards from the Partnership for Safe Water for its Kentucky River Station I and Richmond Road Station water treatment plants in Fayette County. The awards were presented to company representatives, Dorothy Johnson of the water quality team and Mitzi Combs, supervisor of the Kentucky River Station I treatment plant, during the 2013 American Water Works Association Annual Conference in Denver, Co., this week. The Partnership for Safe Water Program is a voluntary initiative developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other water organizations designed to increase protection of the public by encouraging partner utilities to meet requirements that are more stringent than what is required by law through total plant optimization. Only about three percent of all public surface water plants are part of the program, and with a total of 80 plants in the partnership, American Water subsidiaries account for 20 percent of the participating plants nationwide. American Water is the parent company of Kentucky American Water. As a member of the Partnership for Safe Water, Kentucky American Water demonstrates its commitment to improving the quality of drinking water delivered to customers by optimizing system operations. Its Kentucky River Station I and Richmond Road Station water treatment plants were recognized for maintaining the Phase III Directors Award status for 15 years. “We continuously strive to optimize operations and improve the quality of water we deliver to our customers,” said Cheryl Norton, president of Kentucky American Water. “Our employees are dedicated to providing exceptional quality water and protecting public health, and to have this dedication as well as their expertise recognized on a national basis is a wonderful honor. I’m proud of the level of service they help us provide to our customers every day.”
The company’s newest water treatment facility, the Kentucky River Station II at Hardin’s Landing in Owen County, which began operation in 2010, joined the Partnership for Safe Water in December of that same year and meets the same exceptional water quality standards as the utility’s two Fayette County plants. The company is in the process of completing the extensive Phase III application process for this facility, which includes evaluation of every component of the plant. The facility will be eligible for the Directors Award as soon as this process is completed.Kentucky American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately half a million people. For more information visit www.kentuckyamwater.com. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs approximately 6,700 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 14 million people in more than 30 states and parts of Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.