A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

PSC okays Kentucky American Water’s purchase of Eastern Rockcastle Water Association

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved the sale of the Eastern Rockcastle Water Association to Kentucky American Water Co. (KAWC). KAWC is to pay no more than $770,000, subject to a final accounting of Eastern Rockcastle’s finances. In an order issued today, the PSC found that the sale will benefit Eastern Rockcastle’s customers, since KAWC has greater resources available to...

PSC orders for-profit utilities to track federal tax savings in effort to pass savings on to consumers

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has ordered for-profit utilities to track their savings under lower corporate tax rates that took effect yesterday, paving the way for those savings to be passed on to customers in the form of lower electric, gas or water rates. In two orders issued Dec. 27 the PSC noted that investor-owned utilities recover their federal tax expenses from ratepayers. Under...

Kentucky American Water crews begin opening hydrants for annual flushing, cleaning

You may see Kentucky American Water crews in your area this spring opening fire hydrants and letting them flow for a period of time. This is all part of a normal maintenance activity for the water distribution system referred to in the industry as system “flushing.” Flushing is a key activity that helps Kentucky American Water to continue providing excellent quality water to customers because...

Firefighting Support Grants totaling $10,213 announced for fire, rescue organizations

Kentucky American Water has awarded grants totaling $10,213 to
 20 Kentucky fire and rescue organizations in support for the departments’ year-round efforts to protect the communities they serve. The donations are part of the company’s annual Firefighting Support Grant program, which the company initiated in 2011. This year’s donations bring the total amount of funds provided through this...

PSC sets Lexington public hearing on Kentucky-American Water rate increase request for June 7

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, June 7 in Lexington to receive public comments on a rate increase requested by Kentucky-American Water Co. The public comment meeting will be preceded by an information session during which PSC staff will explain the process used to determine utility rates. The presentation will include an overview of the KAWC application. The...

Fill ‘er up! Bottle refilling stations reduce plastic in landfills, promote healthy hydration

Ben Swanson, a junior at Henry Clay High School, noted how the refilling station's digital counter trips twice when he fills a 32-ounce bottle. (Photo from FCPS)   By Tammy Lane Special to KyForward   The Bluegrass Youth Sustainability Council’s latest project is already making a splash in Fayette County schools.   Bottle refilling stations installed on two water fountains per high...

Fill 'er up! Bottle refilling stations reduce plastic in landfills, promote healthy hydration

Ben Swanson, a junior at Henry Clay High School, noted how the refilling station's digital counter trips twice when he fills a 32-ounce bottle. (Photo from FCPS)   By Tammy Lane Special to KyForward   The Bluegrass Youth Sustainability Council’s latest project is already making a splash in Fayette County schools.   Bottle refilling stations installed on two water fountains per high...