For 72 hours earlier this month, residents in Toledo, Ohio were told not to use the city’s water because of toxic algae bloom. It’s a story that gave many a renewed appreciation for being able to turn on a faucet and drink what comes out.
In Warren County, Bowling Green Municipal Utilities is in charge of the treating the water and delivering it to the community.
Doug Kimbler, superintendent of treatment plants, took us on a tour last week so we could get a better idea of what actually goes into the process. We started by overlooking the source: the Barren River on the east side of downtown. Then, we briefly stepped inside.
“We have two pumps actually running in here right now, it’s fairly hot day for Bowling Green. We’ll probably produce somewhere between 21 and 22 million gallons of water between Bowling Green and Warren County for the day,” said Kimbler above the din of the pumps.