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 Jimmie Campbell Dr.
Lexington, KY  40504


Grants for water quality projects open for businesses, nonprofits

Grants fund projects such as stream restoration, constructed wetlands, rain gardens and pervious pavement installation.

Sanitary sewer cleanings, inspections June 20 – 25

Citizens on the streets listed below may see vehicles, work crews, and small equipment. Work crews will be wearing reflective vests and appropriate identification. Certain conditions may cause this schedule to change.

City surveying residents about environmental issues

Starting June 20, Lexington residents may receive a phone call, letter or email with a request to participate in a survey about environmental concerns in Lexington.