Kentucky American Water and its mascot, Puddles the Duck, will present several fun and educational water-focused events during its first annual “Discover Water Week” celebration.
The activities begin on Tuesday, July 31, with Puddles’ Plant Tours for those ages 9 and older at the company’s Richmond Road Station water treatment facility in Lexington and its Kentucky River Station II at Hardin’s Landing water treatment facility in Owen County. Tours will be offered for registered participants at designated times between 3 and 6 p.m. Participants should visit www.discoverwaterweek.com to register for a tour and to learn more about what to wear, what to expect on the tour, and what participants can and can’t bring. Tour guidelines will be strictly followed for the safety of all participants and the security of facilities.
On Thursday, Aug. 2, the company will again host Puddles’ WaterFest for all ages at its 2300 Richmond Road location in Lexington between 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Visitors will experience educational exhibits and demonstrations that provide an up-close, informative and fun view of how water withdrawn from a reservoir or river is transformed into nationally recognized, quality drinking water. WaterFest visitors should park across the street from Kentucky American Water in the Southland Christian Church parking lot. A blue tent near the
church building will serve as the bus stop. Shuttle buses will transport visitors to and from the event throughout the evening.
Discover Water Week will conclude with Puddles’ Party by the River hosted by Kentucky American Water and Bluegrass Greensource on Sunday, Aug. 5, from noon to 4 p.m. at Proud Mary Honky Tonk BBQ at 9070 Old Richmond Road in Lexington. Participants will enjoy live music, children’s activities — including free inflatablesand face-painting — discounted canoe and paddleboard experiences, photos with Puddles and informational booths on the many ways to enjoy the outdoors along or on Central Kentucky’s waterways. Take I-75 South and then Exit 99 to the restaurant, located on the Kentucky River under the Clays Ferry bridge.
“We are pleased this year to expand the WaterFest event we have offered in the past into a week-long celebration of the value water brings into our lives in so many ways,” said Nick Rowe, president of Kentucky American Water and senior vice president of American Water’s Southeast Division. “We look forward to offering a variety of educational and fun events for the community this summer.”
To register for tours and learn more, visit www.discoverwaterweek.com.