Timeline of Great Water

2017

Louisville Water Company provides safe, clean, great-tasting water to almost one million people. 

2015
Crescent Hill Water Treatment Plant

Crescent Hill Water Treatment Plant also receives the Phase IV Excellence in Water Treatment award. Both B.E. Payne and Crescent Hill now rank as two of the top 16 treatment plants in North America.

2011

Riverbank Filtration Project named "Best Civil Engineering Project in the World."

2010

B.E. Payne Water Treatment Plant receives the Phase IV Excellence in Water Treatment award from the Partnership for Safe Water.

2009

Crescent Hill Water Treatment Plant phases gravel out of filtering process.

2008

American Water Works Association names Louisville pure tap® as the "Best-tasting tap water in America."

1997

Louisville Water trademarks its drinking water as Louisville pure tap®

1957

Anthracite coal is added to the sand and gravel filters. 

1917
"Almost perfect"

U.S. Government calls Louisville's water quality "unexcelled."

1914

Chlorine added as a disinfectant. 

1909

Crescent Hill Water Treatment Plant opens and Louisvillians get "clear, wholesome" water. 

1898

Hermany designs the Crescent Hill Water Treatment Plan for six sand and gravel filters. 

1896

George Warren Fuller begins landmark experiments in filtration at Louisville Water. 

1879

Crescent Hill Reservoir opens to allow additional mud to settle from river water. 

1866

Chief Engineer Charles Hermany begins a quest for pure water by cleaning the Ohio River

1860

Louisville Water Company, then known as "The Water Works," first pumps water to 512 customers.