Boone, App State Water Systems Honored (2018-06-14 15:29:54)

The N.C. Division of Water Resources has honored 69 water treatment plants for surpassing federal and state drinking water standards, and Boone and Appalachian State are among those honored.

Watauga Online reports the prestigious N.C. Area Wide Optimization Award is given each year to water systems that demonstrate outstanding turbidity removal - which is removing the cloudiness or haziness of water caused by individual particles - a key test of drinking water quality.

In addition to the town of Boone and Appalachian State systems, others awarded in the region include Burnsville, Lenoir, Wilkesboro and Hickory.

All drinking water systems must meet strict state and federal drinking water standards, but these systems met performance goals that are significantly more stringent.