Waynesville water honored for meeting stringent goals
WAYNESVILLE — North Carolina officials announced June 19 that the town of Waynesville was among 38 water systems being honored for surpassing federal and state drinking water standards.
The N.C. Area Wide Optimization Award is given by the N.C. Division of Water Resources’ Public Water Supply section as part of the N.C. Area Wide Optimization Program (AWOP), which is an effort to enhance the performance of existing surface water treatment facilities. The primary goal of AWOP is to ensure the best quality water for the citizens of North Carolina.
Awards are given annually to water systems that demonstrate outstanding turbidity removal, a key test of drinking water quality. Turbidity is a measure of the cloudiness or haziness of water caused by individual particles that can interfere with disinfection and provide a medium for microbial growth. Microbes are microscopic particles that occur naturally, but can potentially include harmful bacteria and viruses. While all drinking water systems have to meet strict state and federal drinking water standards, those systems receiving the Award met performance goals that were significantly more stringent.
The town of Waynesville’s water system has received this award seven of the last 10 years. The town also produces an annual report detailing the quality of the water produced its water treatment plant. Waynesville's goal is to provide citizens and visitors with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. Efforts are made continually to improve the water treatment process and protect Waynesville’s water resources. This award indicates that those efforts have been and continue to be successful.
The town of Waynesville’s 2013 Annual Water Quality Report is available at the Municipal Building or via the website at www.waynesvillenc.gov.