Cadiz Water & Sewer System Receives Rural Water’s Highest Honor!


Each year, ten water and wastewater utilities are announced during Kentucky Rural Water Association’s (KRWA) Member Appreciation Breakfast as Wooden Bucket finalists and honored for their outstanding service during the past year.  Traci Vaught, Acting State Director, USDA-Rural Development, was on hand to present all the honorees with plaques of recognition. Utilities honored included: Cadiz Water & Sewer System, Cannonsburg Water District, City of Cynthiana, Grayson Utilities Commission, Green River Valley Water District, Hardin County Water District #1, City of Harrodsburg, McCreary County Water District, City of Mt. Vernon, and Todd County Water 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.  Also included in the list of achievements are having shown exceptional efforts in meeting the needs of their communities, enhancing their operations, and complying with regulatory requirements. During Wednesday’s Awards Luncheon, Cadiz Water & Sewer System was named as the utility most deserving of this year’s award! 

Kerry Fowler, former Public Works Director stated, “What an honor it is to be named winner of the Wooden Bucket award! For years we all have talked about what it takes to win and how it would be a huge honor for us to be a winner. I was very surprised when our name was called. Many changes have occurred over the last couple of years, but the one thing that hasn’t changed is a great group of employees who are dedicated and deserve this award.”

The Awards Ceremony was held during KRWA’s 42nd Annual Conference and celebration of 42 years of Helping Utilities…Help Themselves. Nearly 700 representatives of Kentucky’s public drinking water and wastewater utilities gathered for this annual event which provides attendees great opportunities to network with their peers, tour Kentucky’s largest exhibition of products and services available to public utilities and hear from informed speakers on issues impacting the water industry.

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.