Kentucky American Water Refurbishing Tanks in Bourbon County

As part of its ongoing water system renewal efforts, Kentucky American Water is wrapping up the rehabilitation of one water storage tank in rural Bourbon County and preparing to begin work on another in Millersburg, for a total investment of approximately $1.6 million.

Crews are completing the rehabilitation of the company’s 750,000-gallon water storage tank on Briar Hill Road and plan to begin work on a 200,000-gallon tank in Millersburg this summer. Kentucky American Water’s tank rehabilitation program of inspecting, sand blasting, and repainting tanks extends the tanks’ service lives and helps protect water quality.

To rehabilitate tanks, any water in the tank is drained and crews then sand blast the inside and outside of the tank. Crews thoroughly inspect the tank to determine if anything needs to be replaced  ̶  such as structural supports, ladders, gaskets or other features  ̶  due to age or changes in industry requirements. Crews then complete a series of steps to paint the tank inside and out. The painting process includes applying a new coating that serves as a protective barrier and prevents the steel from rusting and impacting the quality of the water inside the tanks. The last step is thoroughly disinfecting the tank before refilling it with drinking water.

Kentucky American Water owns and operates 26 water storage tanks throughout its service area. Tanks undergo inspections every five years with more extensive refurbishment conducted every 15 to 20 years.

Kentucky American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and wastewater services to approximately half a million people. For more information, visit and follow Kentucky American Water on Twitter and Facebook.

About American Water

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs approximately 6,500 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and regulated-like drinking water and wastewater services to an estimated 14 million people in 24 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable, and reliable water services to our customers to help keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit and Follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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