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Latest annual report: Kentucky’s drinking water is excellent quality, with marked decrease in violations

Data presented in Kentucky’s 2017 Annual Drinking Water Report shows that the state’s 435 public water systems reliably produced excellent quality water in 2017 with a marked decrease in violations. The report summarizes the compliance data for public water systems including health-based and administrative violations. The Annual Drinking Water Report is required by the federal Safe Drinking Water...

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site lowers lake level to reduce chance of dam failure after leak found

State officials are drawing down the water level of a small lake at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site in Boone County because of a leak in the dam. (Photo from Kentucky State Parks) The drawing down of water is intended to reduce the chance of a sudden failure of the dam at the 9.6-acre lake and provide an opportunity for the Department of Parks to access the damage. The dam is classified as a low-hazard...

Kentucky’s drinking water continues excellence in quality, reliability, annual report shows

Data from Kentucky’s 441 public water systems shows they consistently produce excellent quality water in compliance with the Safe Drinking Water requirements, according to the Kentucky annual Drinking Water Report. The report summarizes the compliance data and status of public water system compliance monitoring results. The Safe Drinking Water Act rules require Kentucky’s public water systems to...

Energy and Environment Cabinet creates group to keep lead out of Kentucky’s drinking water

Kentucky’s public water systems consistently provide high quality water to the public in compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act and Tuesday the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, Division of Water, has announced that it has proactively created a workgroup whose main goal will be to prevent lead from entering the state’s drinking water. Thirteen experts from a broad spectrum of Kentucky’s...

Grant funds for watershed restoration projects available through Division of Water

Grant Funds for projects that help clean up polluted streams, rivers, lakes and groundwater, and for projects that protect water resources, are available from the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection’s Division of Water (DOW). The grants would provide funding for watershed restoration projects and watershed plan development, as well as other projects that reduce and prevent runoff pollution. Runoff...