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Louisville Water Receives National Recognition for its Operations

Thursday June 16, 2011

The Partnership for Safe Water has awarded Louisville Water Company with its highest honor for performance, the “Phase IV Excellence in Water Treatment” recognition.

The award was presented to the company’s leadership at the American Water Works conference in Washington, D.C. this week.

Louisville Water is only the seventh water utility in the nation to reach the Phase IV level. The Partnership for Safe Water was initiated by the U.S. EPA and other water organizations that work together to improve water treatment operations that exceed the required federal standards.

The Phase IV award is for Louisville Water’s B.E. Payne Treatment Plant in Prospect. The plant is one of two treatment facilities for Louisville Water and includes the riverbank filtration project, a series of wells and an underground tunnel that pulls naturally filtered water from the aquifer next to the Ohio River. That project was also recently named the “best civil engineering project in the world” by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

“Reaching this status is a significant achievement in our commitment to provide a quality product and meet the strict drinking water standards,” said Greg Heitzman, President and CEO of Louisville Water. “This recognition is largely due to our employees’ dedication to provide a safe supply of drinking water to our customers.”