The N.C. Division of Water Resources honored the City of Lenoir Water Treatment Plant and 63 other plants for surpassing federal and state drinking water standards in 2020. The division’s Public Water Supply Section awarded the facilities the prestigious N.C. Area Wide Optimization Award, which is part of a state effort to enhance the performance of existing surface water treatment facilities.
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.
Award-winning systems, which served nearly 2.5 million North Carolina residents in 2020, met performance goals that are significantly more stringent than state and federal standards. Other award winners in the extended Hickory Metro area include Appalachian State University, Boone, Lincoln County, Lincolnton, Morganton-Catawba, Newton, and Statesville.