Tips to Save Water this Summerarrow

August 07, 2020

Lexington, Ky., (July 16, 2020) – Summer is in full swing and warmer weather means more water use outdoors. Kentucky American Water reminds customers that wise water use can be part of a daily routine, helping to save water and to better manage their water bill. Water your lawn only when it needs it. An easy way to tell if your lawn needs water is to simply walk across the grass. If you leave footprints, your lawn may be thirsty. Generally, lawns only need an inch or so of water per week during the summer months. Make the most of your watering by watering in the early morning or evening hours. As much as 30 percent of water can be lost to evaporation by watering during midday. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your sidewalk, driveway, or patio. Set your lawn mower one notch higher to make your lawn more drought tolerant. Taller grass needs less water. Choose the ...

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$35 Million Investment in Treatment Plant Upgrades Promotes More Modern, Efficient and Safe Operationsarrow

July 08, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky., (July 9, 2020) – Kentucky American Water is nearing completion of a multiyear, $35 million project to upgrade its two water treatment plants in Lexington as well as a facility at Jacobson Reservoir. The effort will create more modern, efficient and safe treatment plant operations. The project, started in late 2018, involved upgrading facilities used to store and feed chemicals used in the multi-barrier water treatment process at the company’s two water treatment facilities in Fayette County, the Richmond Road Station and Kentucky River Station I. These efforts will help maintain safe and efficient facilities by improving chemical storage capacity, pumping systems and chemical piping at the two plants, as well as replacing their respective gaseous chemical systems with liquid chemical systems. The project also involved constructing a new facility at Jacobson...

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New Facility in Owen County Enhances Operations for Company’s Northern Divisionarrow

June 30, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky., (July 1, 2020) – Kentucky American Water has completed a new $1.4 million field operations facility in Owenton, Ky., after nearly a year of construction. Company representatives joined Owen County Judge Executive Casey Ellis and Owenton Mayor Adam Gaines at the 409 Main Street location today for a brief ceremonial ribbon cutting with all COVID-19 safety and social distancing measures in place. “Kentucky American Water is pleased to continue investing in our Northern Division operations, which spans Franklin, Gallatin, Grant and Owen counties, through the addition of this new facility, which will serve as an operational hub for these areas,” said Dorothy Rader, senior superintendent of operations for the utility’s Northern Division. “Our employees will now benefit from improved equipment and material storage and delivery as well as better s...

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Kentucky PSC Approves $8 Million in Water Main Improvements Through New Programarrow

June 21, 2020

Company Also Receives PSC Approval for Placing a Credit on Customer Bills as a Result of Re-financing Long-Term Debt LEXINGTON, Ky., (June 19, 2020) – The Kentucky Public Service Commission has authorized approximately $8.3 million of water infrastructure improvement projects proposed by Kentucky American Water to be paid for through a Qualified Infrastructure Program (QIP) line item on customer bills. The PSC approved the new program in 2019, with the first projects to be implemented in 2020 following PSC review and approval. The QIP will allow the company to replace aging water system infrastructure at a quicker pace before it becomes potentially more problematic and more costly to replace. In its order regarding the company’s 2020 QIP program, the PSC authorized approximately six miles of water main replacement projects along with main replacements associated with wa...

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Water Main Improvement Project Begins on Winslow Street and Avenue of Championsarrow

June 16, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky., (June 16, 2020) – Kentucky American Water has begun a water main improvement project in Lexington on Winslow Street and the Avenue of Champions on the north side of the University of Kentucky campus. The project, which will total approximately $1 million in investment, involves upgrading water main that was installed in 1936. The work is being done in coordination with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government and the University of Kentucky. LFUCG is currently performing a wastewater improvement project along the same route and has plans for a streetscapes project and other improvements in the vicinity. The project has begun on Winslow Street. It will proceed past South Limestone Street, along the north side of Avenue of Champions, to Rose Street over the next several months. As each section is upgraded, the roadway in the work zone will be reduced to one ...

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Kentucky American Water Completes Wastewater Plant Improvement Project in Owentonarrow

June 08, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky., (June 5, 2020) – Kentucky American Water has completed a two-year improvement project at its wastewater treatment plant in Owenton, Ky. The result of the project, which cost more than $3.6 million for site prep work and upgrades, will be a facility that, although more than 30 years old, is now more efficient and reliable. The project is also projected to help extend the life of the facility by at least two decades. The project started in the spring of 2018 and involved replacing the liner in the 34-year-old facility’s lagoon, which is a 120,000-square-foot, 30-feet-deep, man-made pond capable of holding 7 million gallons of water and 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. Instead of replacing the existing liner with a new one, the ...

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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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