History Highlight: Celebrating Louisville pure tap®

History Highlight: Celebrating Louisville pure tap®
October 14, 2020

Louisville Water is known for having the best tap water in the country – Louisville pure tap® is everyone’s drink of choice. Not only is it a great value, it’s high quality, tastes great, and is always available every time you turn on your faucet.

Louisville residents on vacation say they appreciate drink great tasting water straight from the tap at home. College students comment on our social media channels on how they miss Louisville pure tap® because the water at school just doesn’t compare.

As we celebrate 160 years of great service and great water, take a look at some of the awards Louisville pure tap® and our treatment plants have won over the years.

  • 1971: Pumping Station No. 1 and the Louisville Water Tower named a National Historic Landmark.
  • 1980: People Magazine ran an article on the best-tasting tap water in the U.S. Louisville tied with Seattle for first place.
  • 1997: Louisville Water trademarked its drinking water as Louisville pure tap® (The company won the Public Relations Society of America award for our “Pure Tap Bottle Your Own” campaign soon after).
  • 2007: Company won 1st place in the Water Taste Test of KY/TN Section of the American Water Works Association.
  • 2008: The American Water Works Association named Louisville pure tap® as the "Best-tasting tap water in America."
  • 2010: Louisville pure tap® named Water Taste Test winner of KY/TN Section of the American Water Works Association.
  • 2010: B.E. Payne Water Treatment Plant received the Phase IV Excellence in Water Treatment award from the Partnership for Safe Water.
  • 2010: Company presented with the Exceptional Utility Performance Gold Award from the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies.
  • 2010: The Crescent Hill Gatehouse named a Kentucky Historic Site.
  • 2011: Riverbank Filtration Project named "Best Civil Engineering Project in the World."
  • 2011: Pumping Station No. 1 won the Build KY Award from the Associated General Contractors of KY.
  • 2012: Awarded Best Tasting Water of KY/TN Section of the American Water Works Association
  • 2013: Louisville pure tap® named the People’s Choice for “Best Tasting Water” in 2013 by the American Water Works Association (national competition)
  • 2013: Company won Platinum Award for Utility Excellence and Distribution WQ received Directors Award Phase III from the Partnership for Safe Water
  • 2013: The B.E. Payne Water Treatment Plant won the inaugural Large Treatment Plant of the Year at the KY/TN Water Professionals Conference. Louisville Water also received the inaugural Large Distribution System Operations of the Year Award.
  • 2014: Louisville Water won the Outstanding Subscriber Award at the American Water Works Association Annual Conference in Boston. The company was honored for its storied history of contributions to water research, including early advancements in water treatment that helped set industry standards.
  • 2015: Crescent Hill Water Treatment Plant received the Phase IV Excellence in Water Treatment award from the Partnership for Safe Water. Both B.E. Payne Water Treatment Plant and the Crescent Hill plant now rank as two of the top 18 treatment plants in North America. Louisville Water becomes one of only two utilities with two Phase IV awards for water treatment.
  • 2015: The American Public Works Association Kentucky Chapter named the sodium hypochlorite on-site generation project at BE Payne Water Treatment Plant its Environmental Public Works Project of the Year.
  • 2016: The Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) honored Louisville Water with the Sustainable Water Utility Management Award. Sustainability is at the core of Louisville Water's customer outreach with the Louisville pure tap® program that provides an easy way to serve tap water at hundreds of events.
  • 2017: The Crescent Hill Water Treatment Plant recognized by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet for reaching goals in the Area-Wide Optimization program, which encourages water treatment plants and drinking water distributors to surpass state and federal standards.
  • 2017: The site of landmark filtration experiments at Louisville Water Tower Park named a Kentucky Historic Site (a second marker at Louisville Water Tower Park is for the Water Tower and Pumping Station).
  • 2019: The Crescent Hill Water Treatment Plant won the honor of Large Treatment Plant of the Year at the KY/TN Water Professionals Conference. Louisville Water also received the Large Distribution System Operations of the Year Award.
  • 2020: Louisville Water’s Water Quality and Research department honored with the 2020 Samuel Arnold Greeley Award, the highest research paper award from the American Society of Civil Engineers.