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 is staffed 7 days a week, 365 days per year.  It is a surface water treatment facility that obtains raw water from the west fork branch of Drakes Creek.  The design capability for the plant is 5 million gallons per day.  The amount of water treated varies per season.  In cooler months, 1.7 million gallons per day is treated on average.  In the warmer months, the average amount of water treated is 2.2 million gallons per day.

 Throughout each day the water plant operators perform tests at multiple stages of treatment and for various parameters at the water plant.  Additionally, they travel to specific locations in the distribution system to test for chlorine (disinfectant) residual values.  Twice per month, specific sites in the distribution system are sampled for bacteriological testing.  The City of Franklin’s population size dictates how many samples are required to be collected.  Presently, this number equals 2 chlorine residual samples per day and 10 bacteriological samples per month.  Other distribution system samples are collected throughout the year for disinfectant by-products.

 Quick Notes

  • 4 Class IV Operators
  • 2007 “Water Plant of the Year” by the KY/TN American Water Works Association
  • 2011 & 2012 “Totally Optimized Plant” by the Division of Water Area Wide Optimization Program (AWOP) for turbidity/microbial removal and disinfection/disinfection by-product goals
  • The only surface water treatment plant to receive the AWOP awards in 2011 and one of the only two surface water treatment plants to receive the awards in 2012