Morganton’s water treatment plant is one of 69 water treatment plants being honored by the N.C. Division of Water Resources for surpassing federal and state drinking water standards in 2017.
The plant recently received the prestigious N.C. Area Wide Optimization Award, which is part of a state effort to enhance the performance of existing water treatment facilities. It is the city’s ninth time receiving the award.
Awards are given each year 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 include harmful bacteria and viruses. Morganton received this award because of its outstanding water quality.
“We are thrilled to receive this award, which proves our commitment to providing Morganton residents with clean water for all purposes,” said City of Morganton Water Resources Director Brad Boris. “Our water treatment plant employees work hard to ensure our residents always have access to clean water, and we pride ourselves on providing top quality water.”
Kimberly Barnett, Regional Supervisor for NCDENR-Public Water Supply presents the N.C. Area Wide Optimization Award to Raymond Presley, Morganton Water Plant Superintendent.