Glasgow Water Company wins highest Kentucky Rural Water Association honor


Posted: Monday, August 25, 2014 11:12 pm

BY MELINDA J. OVERSTREET Glasgow Daily Times

Glasgow Water Co. has been selected for the highest honor the Kentucky Rural Water Association bestows – the Wooden Bucket Award.

The 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,” according to a KRWA press release.

The framed award was presented at a luncheon last week during KRWA’s 35th annual conference and exhibition in Louisville.

“The Glasgow Water Co. is privileged to be nominated with the other finalists and honored to win the Wooden Bucket Award,” said Scott Young, GWC’s general manager. “The award is a demonstration of the direction of our board of directors, the vision of our management staff and an example of the commitment and dedication of all GWC team members.”

Tom Fern, state director of rural development, and Vernon Brown, community programs director, both with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, presented all 10 finalists with plaques of recognition for outstanding service. The other utilities honored were Wingo Water and Sewer System, Christian County Water District, North Nelson Water District, Boone County Water District, City of Danville, Breathitt County Water District, Boyd County Sanitation No. 4, Southern Madison Water District and Somerset Utilities.

KRWA is a statewide, nonprofit association with offices in Bowling Green and Frankfort that has provided training, technical assistance, advocacy and other services to utilities in Kentucky since 1979. KRWA’s mission is to help water and wastewater utilities help themselves.

Gary Larimore, executive director of KRWA, said the organization tries to recognize utilities within certain categories – such as size and service area – across the state in its selection of finalists, he said.

He said GWC has been an outstanding organization for as long as he can remember, and he has been in his current position since he was hired as KRWA’s first employee 35 years ago.

“They’ve got several projects they’re working on, which tells me they’re looking toward the future and how they can address future regulations,” Larimore said, noting ongoing upgrades to the water and wastewater treatment plants. “They are just continually looking for better ways to serve their customers.”

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