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EPA Reaches Settlement to improve Water Quality in Eastern Kentucky

Release Date: 10/01/2014 Contact Information: Dawn Harris Young, EPA, (404) 562-8421 (Direct), (404) 562-8400 (Main), harris-young.dawn@epa.gov ATLANTA – Two coal companies in Eastern Kentucky have agreed to resolve violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA) according to settlements with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Appolo Fuels, Inc. (Appolo), a coal company based in Middlesboro, Kentucky will pay a total civil penalty of $135,000 for filling ... Read More »

How tech is making the world’s water safer

More people on this earth have access to a smartphone than a toilet. Forty percent of the world’s population lives without one. One in ten people — 748 million people — live without clean, safe water. On Tuesday, September 30, WaterStep, a nonprofit that uses technology and innovation to give people access to clean drinking water, hosted a one-day event connected ... Read More »

KRWA Annual Conference and Exhibition Highlights

On August 18 through 20, 2014, representatives of Kentucky’s public drinking water and wastewater utilities gathered for Kentucky Rural Water Association’s (KRWA) 35th Annual Conference and Exhibition held in Louisville, Kentucky at the Galt House Hotel & Suites. Over 700 utility professionals heard informative presentations by industry experts on our theme, “Water is a Growth Industry.” Monday’s activities began with ... Read More »

Kentucky steps up response to toxic algae risks

When toxic algae left 500,000 people in the Toledo, Ohio, area without drinking water for two days this month, one of Kentucky’s top environmental regulators took notice. “I was sitting there on a Friday evening, hearing various things from various counterparts, and I was thinking this can happen in my state,” recalled R. Bruce Scott, commissioner of the Kentucky Department ... Read More »

Steve Owens Elected President of the Kentucky Rural Water Association

(August 25, Bowling Green) On August 18 – 20, 2014, representatives of Kentucky’s public water and wastewater utilities gathered for Kentucky Rural Water Association’s (KRWA) 35th Annual Conference held in Louisville, Kentucky. Steve Owens, General Manager of the McCreary County Water District, in Whitley City, Kentucky, was elected President of Kentucky Rural Water Association’s Board of Directors. Steve has been ... Read More »

Glasgow Water Company Receives KRWA’s Highest Award!

(August 25, 2014 – Bowling Green) On August 18 through 20, 2014, representatives of Kentucky’s public drinking water and wastewater utilities gathered for Kentucky Rural Water Association’s (KRWA) 35th Annual Conference and Exhibition held in Louisville, Kentucky at the Galt House Hotel & Suites. Over 700 utility professionals heard informative presentations by industry experts on how “Water is a Growth ... Read More »

Free ICS/NIMS Training

Workshop Description: This one-day ICS and NIMS workshop, which is sponsored by the EPA Water Security Division, will help water and wastewater utilities to better understand ICS, integrate with other first responders within an expanding ICS structure, and implement NIMS concepts and principles that will help utilities provide mutual aid and assistance to one another. What is the workshop schedule? ... Read More »

KRWA Diamond Partner Spotlight

Each of our Corporate Partners will be spotlighted on this website leading up to the 35th Annual Conference on August 18-20. Since 1988, Nexbillpay has provided innovative payment processing solutions to Rural Water Utilities, Municipalities and Local Governments throughout the Southeast. We offer comprehensive services designed to assist in streamlining and automating bill payment acceptance across multiple payment channels. Advanced ... Read More »

Utility Leadership Institute

Kentucky’s utilities (electric, natural gas, communications and water/ wastewater) all share a common need for best practices, continuous learning and leadership development. Leadership is essential for the success of all utilities, including the development of employees and board members — whether elected or appointed. Our mission is simple: To develop Kentucky’s utility leaders! Read More »

Sixty-one Kentucky water treatment plants recognized for performance

FRANKFORT — The Energy and Environment Cabinet announced Tuesday that 61 drinking water treatment plants in Kentucky consistently produced drinking water in 2013 that exceeded state and federal water quality standards. The 61 systems are among 149 public and private water treatment plants in the state that participated in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Area-Wide Optimization Program. The program challenges ... Read More »