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The Oldham County Water District has received the highest award given to rural water districts in Kentucky.
The district is the 2013 recipient of the Kentucky Rural Water Association’s Wooden Bucket Award, which is given to a water or wastewater utility that has made “substantial and lasting improvements in providing high levels of customer service,” as well as increased quality of their operations, according to the association.
District Superintendent Russ Rose said he believes his district received the award due to recent expansion of their water treatment plant and the capacity of their generator system.
The district has also built two new wells and increased their water capacity to 13 million gallons a day, if needed, Rose said.
“I believe those improvements have a whole lot to do with (winning),” Rose said.
The district is also remodeling a new main office building, Rose said, adding that much of the improvements have been accomplished without a rate increase.
“We’re on the forefront of a lot of water systems,” Rose said. “And in the end, we’re looking out for the customer.”
The water district is a non-profit entity with less than 20 employees.
Oldham County Water District beat out 375 other Kentucky water districts to win the Wooden Bucket award.