Take Steps Now to Prevent Frozen Pipes this Winterarrow

November 11, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky., (Nov. 11, 2019) – With colder weather arriving here in the Bluegrass, Kentucky American Water reminds customers of ways to help prevent their water pipes from freezing this winter. “We want our customers to understand the importance of protecting the pipes in and around their homes before extreme weather or below freezing temperatures set in,” said Kentucky American Water Vice President of Operations David Farrar. “By taking a few simple steps, customers can prevent serious and costly damage to their homes this winter.” Frozen water lines typically occur in areas such as crawl spaces or along the outside walls where unprotected plumbing tends to be more vulnerable to the elements. Following these tips now can help avoid headaches later: Make sure you have disconnected garden hoses from your home. If you have an irrigation system o...

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Boil Water Advisory Lifted in Owen Countyarrow

November 06, 2019

The precautionary boil water advisory in place for Kentucky American Water customers on Eagle Hill Road, Petit Pike, Petit Park and Cook Road has been lifted.  “We understand that this unusual, prolonged boil water advisory has been a challenge for customers in this area and we have appreciated their support during this event,” said Nathan Clark, senior superintendent of operations - Northern Division, for Kentucky American Water.  “The record-breaking hot, dry conditions in September had an unusual effect on our Kentucky River source water that ultimately affected the treated water in our distribution system, as well.  Despite our team’s ongoing, rigorous efforts to address this issue, the chemistry of the water in the farthest areas of our distribution system took an extended period of time to rebound from this unusual effect.” Kentuck...

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Kentucky American Water to Conduct Temporary Water Treatment Change and System Flushing in Owen Countyarrow

November 01, 2019

Kentucky American Water will temporarily change the disinfection treatment process at its Kentucky River Station II at Hardin’s Landing water treatment plant in Owen County from a chloramine disinfectant to free chlorine, effective Tuesday, Nov. 5. It will also implement a system-wide flushing activity in Owen County starting the same day.  These activities will continue at least through the next several weeks and are similar to the temporary treatment adjustment and flushing efforts the company typically conducts each spring. The company is taking this action to further address the conditions that led to a boil water advisory that was in place for approximately 600 customers in Owen County this fall. Effective Nov. 5, customers in the Owen County area may notice Kentucky American Water crews opening fire hydrants and letting them flow for a period of time, which allows ...

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Kentucky American Water Supports Drug Take Back Day in Fayette County on October 26arrow

October 24, 2019

Lexington, Ky., (October 24, 2019) – Kentucky American Water is pleased to serve as the host site for Lexington-Fayette County’s Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 26, at its 2300 Richmond Road location in Lexington. The free, no-questions-asked event is part of a national effort coordinated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and local law enforcement agencies to remove expired, no-longer-needed medications from homes. Drug Take Back Day helps keep medications out of the wrong hands and provides an opportunity for medications to be disposed of in an environmentally friendly way rather than being flushed down the drain or toilet, which results in them entering area waterways. Representatives from the local Drug Enforcement Administration office, the Lexington Police Department, and the Fayette County Sheriff’s office will be on han...

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American Water Charitable Foundation Provides Grant for Millersburg Parksarrow

July 15, 2019

The American Water Charitable Foundation has provided a $6,341 Keep Communities Flowing Grant award to Artcroft, Inc., in Millersburg, Ky., for a project that will revitalize two local parks with playground equipment, plants and trees. The American Water Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created by American Water, the nation’s largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company.  The Millersburg parks project was one of 11 Keep Communities Flowing Grant Program recipients in 2019, the program’s inaugural year.  Through this new program the foundation provided grants up to $20,000 to support 501(c)(3) organizations, programs and projects that connect to one or more of American Water’s core focus areas of Water and the Environment, Water and Healthy Living, Environmental Education, and Community Sustainability. Grantees ...

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Kentucky American Water New Rates Approved by Kentucky Public Service Commissionarrow

June 27, 2019

Dateline City: LEXINGTON, Ky. Water service remains about a penny per gallon LEXINGTON, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Kentucky Public Service Commission today announced new water service rates for Kentucky American Water customers. The company’s rate request, filed in November 2018, was driven by more than $100 million in needed investment in water treatment and distribution system upgrades since the company’s last rate increase in August 2016. The cost of water service for customers remains about a penny per gallon. “We continue to invest in water system improvements to ensure clean, safe, reliable water service for our customers,” said Nick Rowe, president of Kentucky American Water and senior vice president of American Water’s Southeast Division. “At the same time, we rem...

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Kentucky American Water Breaks Ground on Field Operations Garage in Owentonarrow

June 25, 2019

Kentucky American Water has broken ground on a new Field Operations maintenance garage in Owenton, Ky.  The company hosted a groundbreaking ceremony with business leaders and elected officials today at the site, located at 409 Main Street in Owenton next to the Owen County Judicial Center. The $1.4 million project is scheduled for completion by spring 2020. “Kentucky American Water is pleased to continue its investment in Owenton and Owen County through the construction of this much-needed facility,” said Nathan Clark, senior superintendent of operations. “This new field operations maintenance garage will provide enhanced support for our field crews by offering improved, centralized, climate-controlled storage capabilities for equipment and materials.  It will also improve the manner in which we are able to receive deliveries of materials and offer better f...

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Kentucky American Water Facilities Earn Special Recognitionarrow

May 28, 2019

Two of Kentucky American Water’s water treatment plants have again earned special recognition from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for their performance. The company’s Richmond Road Station in Lexington and Kentucky River Station II in Owen County were each honored for meeting the 2018 Area-Wide Optimization Program (AWOP) goals for settled and filtered water turbidity in 2018. AWOP is a multi-state initiative administered through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Its purpose is to encourage drinking water systems to achieve water quality optimization goals that are more stringent than regulations. AWOP provides tools and approaches for drinking water systems to meet water quality optimization goals, which in turn provide consumers with an increased and sustained level of public health protection. The p...

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Kentucky American Water Awards Environmental Grant arrow

May 10, 2019

 In celebration of National Drinking Water Week, observed by water utilities May 5 through May 11 with the theme Protect the Source, Kentucky American Water has awarded a 2019 American Water Environmental Grant in the amount of $4,975 to the Licking River Watershed Watch. The environmental grant program provides funds to community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect the watersheds, surface water and groundwater supplies in local communities. Kentucky American Water has awarded approximately $200,000 in such funds since 2006, the year the program launched in the Commonwealth. Licking River Watershed Watch will use grant funds for monitoring water quality in the Licking River Watershed and then using the data to identify problem areas so that communities can work together to make necessary improvements. Project partners include Thaxton’s Canoe Ren...

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Kentucky American Water Announces Ripple Effect Scholarship Recipientsarrow

May 08, 2019

Kentucky American Water has awarded Ripple Effect Scholarships to three Kentucky high school seniors for their academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to the environment, marking the 17th year the company has offered the scholarship program. The 2019 recipients are Joseph Craven from Henry Clay High School, Kaitlyn Parker from Owen County High School and Samuel Newman from Tates Creek High School. Each student receives a $500 award from the company for use at an institution of higher education. This year’s Ripple Effect Scholarship recipients have demonstrated a commitment to environmental stewardship through activities such as constructing a garden at a local nursing home, leading a Shoes for Water program to benefit the WaterStep Foundation, and creating a grilling charcoal with recyclable materials and a lower carbon emission. “Students who are awarded Rippl...

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