Water Treatment Plant

 Mission Statement:

The City of Franklin Water Treatment Plant endeavors to exceed the citizens’ expectations and government standards for quality drinking water, and to ensure an excess quantity for fire, domestic, and commercial use.

The Franklin Water Treatment Plant was built in 1985 as a conventional surface water treatment facility.  It receives raw water from the intake facility, circa. 1975, located on West Fork Drakes Creek.  Drinking water is produced 365 days per year.  Although the treatment plant is designed to produce 5 million gallons per day (MGD), the water withdrawal permit is limited to 4 MGD.  The average drinking water produced is 1.7 MGD.  Public safety is our priority when producing our high-quality drinking water, therefore we adhere to the strict requirements of the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC), Department of Environmental Protection (DEP); specifically, the Division of Water (DOW), Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA), and the Division of Waste Management.  Also, we are regulated by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), Department for Public Health (DPH), Division of Prevention and Quality Improvement, Health Care Access Branch, Kentucky Oral Health Program (KOHP) to provide safe fluoridated drinking water.  As we strive to continuously improve, we challenge ourselves by voluntarily committing to even more stringent limits dictated by EPA’s Area-Wide Optimization Program (AWOP), in which we have participated since the training initiative in 2002 . 

The daily activities at the water treatment plant primarily involve collecting samples from various stages of treatment and analyzing them for numerous analytes.  The results yield valuable information on the treatment process and guide the operators’ treatment decisions.  Additionally, operators travel throughout the distribution system daily to collect chlorine residual samples to verify disinfection, twice monthly to collect bacteriological samples to confirm disinfection, and quarterly to collect disinfection by-products (DBPs) samples to ensure the compounds created, by using chlorine as a disinfectant, are not a health hazard.  There are many other samples collected to keep us abreast of the quality of the drinking water thereby ensuring confidence in its safety and palatability.  The Franklin Water Treatment Plant is proud it provides the finest drinking water for the customers of Franklin Municipal Utilities.

Sunglasses, please, while we shine:

5 Class IV-A Drinking Water Operators, 3 with Utility Management Professional certificates, 1 with Class III Distribution license, 1 with Class IV Wastewater license, 1 with Operator of the Year Award, 1 serves on the board of KWWOA

Memberships: Kentucky Rural Water Association (KRWA) and Kentucky Water and Wastewater Operators Association (KWWOA)

2020 & 2021 AWOP Awards (2 each year) for meeting the goals for “settled and filtered water turbidity” and “disinfectants and disinfection by-products”

2020 Water Fluoridation Quality Award, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

2018 Award of Excellence in Plant Operations for Medium Plant Category, KY/TN American Water Works Association (AWWA)

2017 Third Place Great American Water Taste Test, National Rural Water Association (NRWA) The only surface water plant to place!

2016 First Place Best Tasting Water in Kentucky, KRWA

Click here to view the City of Franklin Water Treatment Plant  Water Quality Report  www.krwa.org/ccr/franklin.pdf

Lee Angela
Class IV Operator
Date of employment -
March, 2006
Johnie Skipworth
Water Treatment Superintendent/Class IV Operator
Date of employment -
May, 2006
Jason May
Class IV Operator
Date of employment -
November, 2002
Charla Sky
Class IV Operator
Date of employment -
January, 2022
Justin Spears
Class IV Operator
Date of employment -
August, 2022