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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2018 Water Quality Reports Available arrow

May 06, 2019

As water utilities across the nation observe Drinking Water Week, May 5 through May 11, Kentucky American Water announces that the 2018 Water Quality Reports for the company’s service areas are now available and indicate a continuation of high quality tap water delivered to customers.  The reports, published annually each spring with data pertaining to the previous calendar year, 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 against 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 le...

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Kentucky American Water Supports Drug Take Back Eventarrow

April 25, 2019

Kentucky American Water will serve as the host site for Lexington-Fayette County’s Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at its 2300 Richmond Road location in Lexington.  The event is part of a national effort coordinated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and local law enforcement agencies.  Officers from the Lexington Police Department and the Fayette County Sheriff’s office will be on hand at the event to accept no-longer-needed and expired medications. Participants can simply pull into Kentucky American Water’s front parking lot and hand medications to these officers from their vehicles. Items that will be accepted on Take Back Day are: prescription and over-the-counter pills vitamins medicated ointments and lotions pet medication Liquids, aerosol cans and needles are not accepted at Take Back...

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Kentucky American Water to Conduct System Flushingarrow

April 15, 2019

Customers may notice Kentucky American Water crews this spring opening hydrants and letting them flow for a period of time.  This is part of a normal maintenance activity for the water distribution system referred to in the industry as system “flushing.” Flushing helps Kentucky American Water continue providing excellent quality water to customers because it helps to remove natural sediment that builds up in pipes over time. “We pride ourselves on providing excellent quality water to our customers,” said Nick Rowe, president of Kentucky American Water and senior vice president of American Water’s Southeast Division, “and conducting an annual flushing program is a key part of that process.” During the flushing activity, crews open selected fire hydrants in a coordinated fashion so that water can flow through the water mains and out...

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Kentucky American Water to Conduct System Flushingarrow

April 15, 2019

Customers may notice Kentucky American Water crews this spring opening hydrants and letting them flow for a period of time.  This is part of a normal maintenance activity for the water distribution system referred to in the industry as system “flushing.” Flushing helps Kentucky American Water continue providing excellent quality water to customers because it helps to remove natural sediment that builds up in pipes over time. “We pride ourselves on providing excellent quality water to our customers,” said Nick Rowe, president of Kentucky American Water and senior vice president of American Water’s Southeast Division, “and conducting an annual flushing program is a key part of that process.” During the flushing activity, crews open selected fire hydrants in a coordinated fashion so that water can flow through the water mains and out...

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$1 Million Owenton Wastewater Plant Improvement Project Resumesarrow

April 12, 2019

Kentucky American Water is investing approximately $1 million to upgrade Owenton’s wastewater treatment plant, but Mother Nature was a challenge for the project last year as 2018 was the wettest year on record for much of Kentucky. The extensive rainfall caused delays in the project but work has recently resumed and is anticipated to conclude later this year.   The improvement project includes replacement of the 32-year-old facility’s lagoon, which is a pond used in the process of breaking down waste matter. Naturally occurring bacteria drive the process in the lagoon, with the sun and wind also playing significant roles.  In order to replace the liners, the lagoon first needs to be drained and dredged. Large tanks are used to fill in for the lagoon temporarily during the project. The draining and dredging in the lagoon during the project can sometimes ca...

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Kentucky American Water Acquires North Middletown Water and Wastewater Assetsarrow

April 08, 2019

Dateline City: LEXINGTON, Ky. LEXINGTON, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kentucky American Water announced today that it has acquired the water and wastewater assets of the City of North Middletown in Bourbon County, Kentucky. The transaction adds approximately 400 water customers and 250 wastewater customers to Kentucky American Water and expands the company’s service area in Bourbon County. “We are pleased to welcome the City of North Middletown’s water and wastewater customers to Kentucky American Water,” said Nick Rowe, president of Kentucky American Water and senior vice president of American Water’s Southeast Division. “Today’s effort represents the kind of regionalization and consolidation of water systems that the Kentucky Legislature has encouraged over t...

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National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 8 - 12arrow

April 08, 2019

During this year’s National Work Zone Awareness Week, observed April 8 – 12, Kentucky American Water reminds motorists to use extreme caution when traveling along roadways where maintenance or construction work is being conducted, to include water main repairs or installation as well as fire hydrant painting or flushing.  “Many of our employees are working on or along roadways every day as part of their jobs — reading meters, fixing or maintaining water distribution system components, or troubleshooting customer issues,” said Kevin Rogers, vice president of operations for Kentucky American Water.  “Safety is something we discuss with our employees at the start of every day. During National Work Zone Awareness Week, we are reminding the public to always use caution when driving through work zones in order to keep themselves, our employees, ...

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Fix a Leak Week is March 18-24arrow

March 18, 2019

Kentucky American Water is leveraging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Fix a Leak Week to help customers decrease water waste and better manage their water bills. The annual Fix a Leak Week campaign, organized by the EPA’s WaterSense program, will be observed this week, March 18-24. The national campaign helps to raise awareness about small leaks and other water issues that may waste water within homes and businesses. “Kentucky American Water understands that customers want practical tips to help them manage their water use and their monthly utility expenses,” said Susan Lancho, external affairs manager. “Quickly identifying and fixing toilet and waterline leaks around the home is one way that customers can help reduce water waste and better manage their water bills.” According to the EPA, the average household’s leaks can a...

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