(September 1, 2017 – Bowling Green) On August 28 through 30, 2017, representatives of Kentucky’s public drinking water and wastewater utilities gathered for Kentucky Rural Water Association’s (KRWA) 38th Annual Conference and Exhibition held in Lexington, Kentucky at the Hyatt Regency Hotel & Lexington Center. Nearly 800 utility professionals heard informative presentations by industry experts on “Shaping the Future.” Attendees also enjoyed networking with peers, and touring Kentucky’s largest exhibition of products and services available to public utilities.
Each year, ten water and wastewater utilities are announced during Tuesday morning’s Member Appreciation Breakfast as Wooden Bucket finalists and honored for their outstanding service during the past year. Jeff Jones, Acting State Director, and J. Anthony Hollinsworth, Community Programs Director, USDA-Rural Development, were on hand to present all of the honorees with plaques of recognition. Utilities honored included: Cannonsburg Water District; Caveland Environmental Authority; Christian County Water District; City of Harlan; City of Springfield; Lake Village Water Association; Laurel County Water District No. 2; Lyon County Water District; North Shelby Water Company; and Western Lewis-Rectorville Water and Gas District. From this list one utility is singled out to receive Rural Water’s highest honor, the prestigious Wooden Bucket Award.
The Wooden Bucket Award is presented to a water and/or wastewater utility that has made substantial and lasting improvements in providing high levels of customer service and high quality drinking water and wastewater services in its community, including having shown exceptional efforts in meeting the needs of their communities, enhancing their operations, and complying with regulatory requirements. During Wednesday’s Awards Luncheon, Christian County Water District was named as the utility most deserving of this year’s award!
Water Manager James Owen stated they were shocked and pleased to be considered for this honor. He continued, “This is something we have aspired to achieve for a long time. While not feeling worthy, when you look at all the utilities that were recognized, this honor means so much to the water district and the county. From the Board of Commissioners, management, office staff, and field staff, we appreciate everyone involved and sincerely thank the KRWA staff for all of their assistance over the years.
The Kentucky Rural Water Association is a statewide, non-profit association that provides training, on-site technical assistance, advocacy, and other services to all utilities, including over 365 member public drinking water and wastewater utilities, in Kentucky. With offices in Bowling Green and Frankfort, KRWA has been fulfilling its mission of helping water and wastewater utilities help themselves since 1979.
Contact Information: Pamela Byrd
Kentucky Rural Water Association
1151 Old Porter Pike
Bowling Green, KY 42103