Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette The Leitchfield Utilities Commission meets in regular session on Thursday, May 16.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

The Leitchfield Utilities Commission meets in regular session on Thursday, May 16.

Leitchfield Water Works has once again been recognized by the Kentucky Division of Water for its water filtration.

Leitchfield Utilities Superintendent Dwight Embry made the announcement during the most recent Leitchfield Utilities Commission meeting, held on Thursday, May 16.

According to a press release distributed by Embry to the media, at the 62nd annual Kentucky Water and Wastewater Operators Association conference, held on April 15 in Covington, Kentucky, the Kentucky Drinking Water Program evaluated 145 surface water treatment plants, and Leitchfield Water Works was one of 37 of those to be recognized for meeting optimized water quality goals for particle removal in 2018.

Particle removal, measured as turbidity, is critical for producing water that is free from bacteria, viruses, and other microbes that can cause disease.

Through the Area-Wide Optimization Program, Kentucky drinking water systems are voluntarily asked to reduce turbidity levels below those required by regulation in an effort to further protect the consuming public from water-borne diseases.

The program focuses on those plants that treat rivers and reservoirs (surface water), and it has two turbidity goals that must be met in order for a water plant to be considered totally optimized for particle removal.

The two turbidity goals are to have a settled water turbidity goal of less than 2.0 NTU 95 percent of the time and to have a combined water filter turbidity goal of less than .10 NTU 95 percent of the time. Leitchfield Water Works exceeded both of these goals by having less than 2.0 NTU 97 percent of the time for settled water turbidity as well as by having less than .10 NTU 98 percent of the time for combined filter turbidity.

In other business:

*Leitchfield Utilities Attorney David Vickery said that the utilities had discovered an individual stealing service from the city and that person was prosecuted criminally for the theft in lieu of recent policy changes.

*The Utilities Commission voted pay for half the cost of purchasing new awnings for Leitchfield City Hall. The $4,114.96 cost will be divided evenly between the utilities and city of Leitchfield funds.