Water Quality

The Division of Water Quality provides citizens of Lexington-Fayette County with wastewater treatment and stormwater management services. The city’s sanitary sewer system includes 81 pump stations, over 1400 miles of sewer pipe, and two large wastewater treatment plants (Town Branch and West Hickman).

Water Quality also manages the city’s storm sewer system by implementing its Stormwater Quality Management Program and by constructing capital projects to repair or replace broken or undersized pipes and conduits that are causing flooding problems.  

Additionally, Water Quality works with community groups and other LFUCG divisions to provide opportunities for the public and local businesses to improve water quality for the community. We manage the Stormwater Incentive Grant Program to provide funding for businesses, schools and neighborhoods to undertake stormwater infrastructure and education projects. We are also involved with events that help improve water quality such as Reforest the Bluegrass and the Great American Clean Up

PLEASE NOTE: In response to COVID-19 and the CDC’s recommendations, we will no longer accept in-person payments effective Monday, March 23, 2020. All Sanitary Sewer Connection Fee payments (tap-on permit, plug permit, capacity reservations or pay item agreements) must be made by check or money order. Applications and payment can be mailed to the address below and all permit applications should include a valid email address so that a permit can be issued once full payment has been received. No permits will be issued until payment has been received.

Attn: Division of Water Quality – Tap On Desk
Town Branch WWTP
301 Jimmy Campbell Drive
Lexington, KY  40511


Sanitary sewer cleanings, inspections March 30 – April 4

Citizens on the streets listed below may see vehicles, work crews, and small equipment. Work crews will be wearing reflective vests and appropriate identification. Aristocracy Cir Arthur Way Astarita Way Belmere Dr Chimney Point Ln

Traffic changes coming to Bolivar and Avenue of Champions

Bolivar Street will be one-way from S. Upper toward Oliver Lewis Way and S.

Lexington reminds residents not to flush wipes

With toilet paper being in short supply, many people are relying on alternatives such as baby wipes, flushable wipes and paper towels.