Paintsville Utilities was among 10 water utilities throughout the state nominated for the Kentucky Rural Water Association’s Wooden Bucket Award on Aug. 31, according to a statement from the KRWA.

According to the statement, 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.”

The statement said that, included in the list of achievements qualifying a utility for the award, are a utility company having shown exceptional efforts in meeting the needs of their communities, enhancing their operations, and complying with regulatory requirements.

Paintsville Utilities did not win the final award, according to the statement, but the statement said it is a great honor to be listed among the 10 utilities recognized for these achievements.

Each year, 10 water and wastewater utilities are announced during the Kentucky Rural Water Association’s (KRWA) Member Appreciation Breakfast as Wooden Bucket finalists and honored for their outstanding service during the past year.

KRWA Director Hilda Legg and USDA-Rural Development Community Programs Director J. Anthony Hollinsworth were on hand to present all of the honorees with plaques of recognition, the statement said.

According to the statement, utilities honored included: Henderson County Water District; White Plains Water Works; Marion County Water District; Hardin County Water District #1; LaGrange Utilities Commission; City of Danville; Rowan Water; Paintsville City Utilities; McCreary County Water District; and the City of Beattyville. From this list, the statement said, one utility is singled out to receive the KRWA’s highest honor, the prestigious Wooden Bucket Award.

During Wednesday’s awards luncheon, LaGrange Utilities Commission was named as the utility most deserving of this year’s award.

The Awards Ceremony was held during KRWA’s 39th Annual Conference with the theme of, “Water, The Natural Resource.” Approximately 800 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, the statement said, and hear from informed speakers on issues impacting the water industry.

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