Justin Lane Named Operations Project Managerarrow

June 02, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky., (June 1, 2020) – Kentucky American Water has announced the appointment of Justin Lane as operations project manager, reporting to vice president of operations, David Farrar. In this position, Lane will support operations and functional areas by managing projects that support investment, growth and continuous improvement. Lane, a native of Menifee County, Ky., graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Morehead State University and then began his career with The Walker Company of Kentucky, Inc. in Mount Sterling, Ky. Lane served as a project manager for various construction companies before eventually working for J.Y. Legner Associates, Inc. as a transmission lines project manager doing contract work for LG&E- Kentucky Utilities in Lexington. Lane served on the Menifee County Board of Education for several years, completed the Leadership Montgomery Coun...

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Kentucky American Water Announces Ripple Effect Scholarship Recipientsarrow

May 26, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky., (May 27, 2020) – 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 18th year the company has offered the scholarship program. The 2020 recipients are Fiona Farrer from Lafayette High School, Reka Gal from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School and Sydney Glenn from Scott County 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 creating a school environmental club, organizing and executing a rain barrel fundraiser, and coordinating a park clean-up effort. “Students who are awarded Ripple Effect Scholarships excel in the classroom w...

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2019 Water Quality Reports Now Availablearrow

May 22, 2020

Water supplied to customers continues to meet or surpass state and federal quality standards The 2019 Water Quality Reports for Kentucky American Water’s service areas are now available. The reports, also referred to as Consumer Confidence Reports, are published annually each spring with data pertaining to the previous calendar year. They are available on Kentucky American Water’s website at www.kentuckyamwater.com via the Water Quality link and searchable by customer zip code. The Water Quality Report is an annual performance measure of the quality of water supplied by Kentucky American Water in comparison to the compliance standards established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Kentucky’s Division of Water. Each report describes drinking water sources, water tests conducted, substances detected in water and the levels of those substances. In additi...

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Kentucky American Water Facilities Earn Special Recognition for Optimal Performancearrow

May 15, 2020

Lexington, Ky., (May 15, 2020) – 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 2019 Area-Wide Optimization Program (AWOP) goals for water turbidity in 2019. 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 provides consumers with an increased and sustained level of public health prot...

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Kentucky American Water Awards Environmental Grant to Idle Hour Neighbors Alliancearrow

May 14, 2020

Kentucky American Water is proud to announce this year’s recipient of its 2020 American Water Environmental Grant Program. This year, the company has awarded a grant of $1,033 to the Idle Hour Neighbors Alliance in Lexington. The organization’s project involves converting a portion of neighborhood greenspace located adjacent to a creek into a no-mow zone and planting trees and shrubs in the area. The project will assist in allowing for better absorption of stormwater, creating habitat for wildlife, and enhancing the buffer zone along the creek. The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government’s Division of Environmental Services, Hickman Creek Conservancy and the Lexington Chapter of Wild Ones will serve as partners. “Since its establishment in 2006, our environmental grant program has provided more than $236,000 in needed support for projects to help improve, ...

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American Water Charitable Foundation Provides $15,000 in Grants to COVID-19 Relief Funds in Kentuckyarrow

May 04, 2020

Kentucky American Water and the American Water Charitable Foundation have announced that the Foundation will provide $15,000 in grants to Kentucky organizations for their COVID-19 relief efforts. The American Water Charitable Foundation is donating $10,000 to God’s Pantry Food Bank, $3,500 to Hope’s Hands in Owen County, and $1,500 to the Coronavirus Response Fund. This is in addition to a $1,000 donation Kentucky American Water made in March to the Coronavirus Response Fund and a $100,000 donation American Water and the American Water Charitable Foundation made in March to Feeding America, of which God’s Pantry Food Bank is a member. “Now more than ever, we must help each other during these unprecedented times,” said Kentucky American Water President Nick Rowe. “Kentucky American Water supports communities we serve in good times and in bad, and ...

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Kentucky American Water Recommends Large Building Operators to Flush Pipes to Maintain Water Qualityarrow

May 01, 2020

Company Remains Committed to Delivering Clean, Safe, Reliable Water & Wastewater Services Kentucky American Water remains committed to keeping our customers informed as we continue to deliver, clean, safe and reliable water and wastewater services to you during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Extended periods of inactivity in buildings can cause lead leaching or legionella growth in water pipes and taking proper steps can help minimize potential exposure to both these contaminants. As buildings reopen, businesses, school districts and property management teams will begin the process of restarting building systems that have been dormant for a significant amount of time. These reopening procedures will help in making sure water systems and equipment are in working order. KentuckyAmerican Water encourages large building owners and operators to adopt a proactive approach t...

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Water System Flushing Program to Begin Soonarrow

April 14, 2020

Drinking Water Disinfection Will Temporarily Change in Some Areas LEXINGTON, Ky., (April 14, 2020) – Kentucky American Water will soon conduct its annual water system flushing program, which involves crews opening selected fire hydrants throughout the water distribution system and letting them flow for several minutes. This is an essential maintenance activity that assists in providing excellent quality water to customers because it helps remove natural sediment that can build up in water pipes over time. Before, during, and, for a short period of time, after the hydrant flushing program, the company’s three water treatment plants will temporarily change the disinfectant used in the treatment process from chloramine to chlorine. Chloramine and chlorine are common disinfectants used in the water treatment process to remove microbial contaminants like bacteria and viruses...

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Water System Flushing to Begin April 20arrow

April 14, 2020

Kentucky American Water will soon conduct its annual water system flushing program, which involves crews opening selected fire hydrants throughout the water distribution system and letting them flow for several minutes. This is an essential maintenance activity that assists in providing excellent quality water to customers because it helps remove natural sediment that can build up in water pipes over time. Before, during, and, for a short period of time, after the hydrant flushing program, the company’s three water treatment plants will temporarily change the disinfectant used in the treatment process from chloramine to chlorine. Chloramine and chlorine are common disinfectants used in the water treatment process to remove microbial contaminants like bacteria and viruses from water. Chloramine is a water disinfectant that is formed when ammonia is added in combination wi...

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Kentucky American Water Reminds Customers Not to Flush Wipes Down the Toiletarrow

March 25, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky., (March 25, 2020) – With many stores running low on toilet paper these days due to the COVID-19 health emergency, many households are increasing their use of “flushable” wipes, but Kentucky American Water encourages customers not to flush these items down the toilet. “Even though many wipes are labeled ‘flushable’ or ‘biodegradable,’ they can lead to sewer backups and in-home plumbing issues when flushed down toilets. The same is true for paper towels,” said David Farrar, vice president of operations. “These items can clog sewer pipes over time and get caught in equipment at wastewater treatment plants because they don’t degrade quickly like regular toilet tissue, and that can cause lots of problems.” In addition, items such as baby wipes, dental floss, cotton balls, diapers and feminine hygiene ...

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