Louisville Water Earns Prestigious National Award for Highest Quality Water Treatment

Louisville Water Earns Prestigious National Award for Highest Quality Water Treatment
June 16, 2015

Crescent Hill Filtration Plant is only the 14th in North America to be recognized for the highest level of performance

Louisville Water officials announced today that the company has achieved the highest honor for the performance of its water quality operations from the Partnership for Safe Water. The Phase IV “Excellence in Water Treatment” Award is only given after a stringent review and analysis of a community’s water treatment facilities, practices and results.  It signifies that a water treatment facility has the highest possible level of performance and produces water quality that surpasses the required federal standards. The award was presented to Louisville Water’s Crescent Hill Treatment Plant at the American Water Works Association’s international convention in Anaheim, California.  The Crescent Hill Plant is one of only 14 in North America to earn the award and Louisville Water is one of only two water utilities to receive the award twice. The award was presented to the company’s B.E. Payne Water Treatment plant in 2010. There are more than 50,000 water systems in the country and less than 1% has achieved this status.

The Partnership for Safe Water is a cooperative effort between EPA, American Water Works Association, Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, National Association of Water Companies, the Water Research Foundation and Association of State Drinking Water Administrators. The Partnership encourages the country’s water suppliers to minimize the risk to consumers through continuous improvement in plant operations.  Water utilities must work through an arduous four-phase self-assessment and peer review. Louisville Water has participated in the Partnership since 1995.

“To achieve the highest quality performance for our customers is testament to the ongoing commitment to research, innovation and investment that have been the hallmarks of the Louisville Water Company for 154 years,” said Louisville Water President and CEO Jim Brammell. “This is a great day for our Louisville Water employees who work hard every day, and a triumph for our entire community that can take pride that we have some of the highest quality and safest drinking water in the country.”

Louisville Water has a long history of water delivery innovation and investment.  In the late 1800s Louisville Water pioneered research that led to the development of modern water treatment with rapid sand filtration, a process that is used today by water utilities worldwide.  The result of the experiments led to the development of the Crescent Hill Filtration Plant, the first of its kind in the country.  When it opened in 1909 the The Louisville Herald called it “a colossal feat” More recently, the company engaged in a world-class Riverbank Filtration project, which included constructing a 1½ mile gravity tunnel 150 feet below ground and a system of collector wells for naturally filtered water, a completely new innovation as a source for drinking water.

“Louisville Water’s ongoing investment in the delivery of safe and great tasting water is more than just a community asset.  It is a unique and important selling proposition for businesses and talent seeking to find a new home,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “The quality of our water and our intense efforts to maintain it says much about the quality of our community and the values we work diligently to protect.”

Part of the effort to achieve this status was a $90 million dollar renovation of the Crescent Hill Plant from 2009-2012.  The project included rebuilding much of the filtration system with sand and coal media, replacing sand, coal and gravel filters. The Crescent Hill Plant is the largest water treatment facility in Kentucky.