A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Kentucky American Water treatment plants awarded for meeting Area-Wide Optimization Program goals

Two of Kentucky American Water’s water treatment plants recently earned special recognition from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet for their performance. The company’s Richmond Road Station in Lexington earned an award for meeting in 2017 the Area-Wide Optimization Program’s performance goals, which are voluntary and more stringent than what is required by regulations, 100% of the time....

Kentucky American Water will be ‘flushing’ by opening fire hydrants, protecting water quality

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...

During Fix a Leak Week, Kentucky American Water reminding customers that each drop adds up

Kentucky American Water and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are reaching out to promote Fix a Leak Week, which runs from March 19 through March 25. The national campaign, part of the EPA’s WaterSense program, helps to raise awareness about small leaks and other water that may be inadvertently wasted within homes. With more than 110 million households in this country, a seemingly minor...

Kentucky American Water acquires water assets of Eastern Rockcastle Water Association in Livingston

Kentucky American Water has announced it has acquired the water assets of Eastern Rockcastle Water Association in Livingston, Ky., in Rockcastle County. The transaction, completed today, adds approximately 610 water customers in Rockcastle and Jackson counties to the Kentucky American Water system. The acquisition of the system expands the company’s total service area to portions of 14 Kentucky counties. “We...

Kentucky American Water now accepting applications for 2018 Ripple Effect Scholarships

Kentucky American Water has announced that applications are now being accepted for the company’s 2018 Ripple Effect Scholarship Program. The program, now in its 16th year, offers one-time, $500 scholarships to high school seniors who demonstrate strong academic performance, a commitment to environmental stewardship and plan to pursue studies in an environmental-related or engineering field. Three...

Kentucky American Water announces 2017 Firefighting Support Grant recipients

Kentucky American Water has awarded grants totaling $9,955 to 20 Kentucky fire and rescue organizations in support of 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 program...

Kentucky American Water’s York Street storage tank gets artistic facelift, partnering with LAL and NoLi

Staff Report Kentucky American Water’s York Street storage tank in Lexington is being painted through a partnership with the Lexington Art League and the NoLi (North Limestone) corporation. A formal debut is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. The York St. Water Tank Mural
 Collaboration of NoLi CDC, Kentucky American Water, Blue Grass Community Foundation, Lexington Art League, and...

Kentucky American Water taking unwanted drugs as part of county’s Med Toss event Saturday

Kentucky American Water supports Fayette County’s annual fall Med Toss drug take-back event on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. At MedToss, residents may drop off unwanted, unused or outdated prescription drugs without even having to get out of their vehicles. They may simply drive into Kentucky American Water’s customer parking lot located at 2300 Richmond Road in Lexington and provide...

Ky American Water upgrading century-old mains on Park, Orchard and Clay Avenues, West 4th Street

Kentucky American Water has started another round of projects to replace old water mains. The latest projects, which total approximately $1.5 million in investment, include mains on Park Avenue, Orchard Avenue, Clay Avenue, and West 4th Street in Lexington. The water mains located on the 300, 400 and 500 blocks of Park Avenue and the 600 block of Orchard Avenue date back to between 1907 and 1914....

Free Water for Life Festival at Jacobson Park features hand-on activities, displays for entire family

A free water festival, Water for Life, will take place at Jacobson Park on Sunday, July 9, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. near Shelter One and will feature 40 hands-on activities, demonstrations and displays for the whole family. Families can explore a touch-a-truck area with a fire truck, a police car, a recycling truck, and a sewer TV truck. There also will be a large aquarium stocked with local fish, a...

Improved water pressure expected as result of $1.5 million Kentucky American Water project in Fayette

Kentucky American Water is investing $1.5 million in a project designed to enhance water pressure and service for nearly 8,000 customers in southeastern Fayette County. Customers in the affected area will see, on average, an increase in their water pressure of 30 pounds per square inch (psi) over the next several months. In some cases that translates to enabling tasks such as filling bathtubs and...

Kentucky American Water’s annual quality reports on tap water now available to consumers

The 2016 Consumer Confidence Reports – or Water Quality Reports – for Kentucky American Water’s service areas are now available. The reports, provided annually in the 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 Consumer Confidence...

Kentucky American Water awards Ripple Effect Scholarships to six Kentucky high school seniors

Kentucky American Water has awarded Ripple Effect Scholarships to six Kentucky high school seniors for their academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to the environment, marking the fifteenth year the company has offered the scholarship program. The 2017 recipients are Cole Blanford of Frankfort Christian Academy, Wyatt Cole of Owen County High School, Jade Garnett of Owen County High School,...

Fishing pier constructed by volunteers will be formally dedicated at Jacobson Park May 12-13

The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) and Kentucky American Water invite the public to Jacobson Park on May 12 for a ribbon cutting at a new fishing pier constructed by union volunteers, followed by a community-wide youth fishing event on May 13. Through the USA’s partnership with Pure Fishing, the first 200 youth will receive a free fishing rod, reel and tackle. With more than 40 million anglers...

People in the News: Treece new KAW field operations manager; Hawkins to head UofL alumni relations

Kentucky American Water has announced the appointment of David Treece as senior manager of field operations for the Central Division, based in Lexington.
 In this position, Treece will oversee the company’s field operations in Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Harrison, Jessamine, Nicholas, Scott and Woodford counties. He will report to Kentucky American Water 
Vice President of Operations Kevin Rogers....

Volunteers needed to plant seedlings as part of Reforest the Bluegrass program at Hisle Farm Park

For 18 years now, volunteers have come together to plant roots in Lexington’s future. Since 1999, volunteers have planted some 128,000 tree seedlings to improve streamside habitat and water quality as part of Reforest the Bluegrass. This year’s event is being held at Hisle Farm Park, 3551 Briar Hill Road, on Saturday, April 15. Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and are advised to dress...

Kentucky American Water accepting applications for 2017 Ripple Effect Scholarships

Kentucky American Water has announced that applications are now being accepted for the company’s 2017 Ripple Effect Scholarship Program. The program, now in its 15th year, offers one-time, $500 scholarships to high school seniors who demonstrate strong academic performance and a commitment to environmental stewardship. Students in the company’s 12-county service area (Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Franklin,...

Over 700 students expected to participate in annual Kentucky American Water Science Fair on Feb. 11

Approximately 700 Fayette County public, private and home-school students in grades four through 12 will compete in the 33rd annual Kentucky American Water Science Fair coordinated by Fayette County Public Schools on Saturday, Feb. 11, at Bryan Station High School in Lexington. Students participating in the event have either earned advancement to the district fair by receiving honors at their respective...

Kentucky American Water now accepting applications for 2017 Environmental Grant Program

Kentucky American Water is now accepting applications for the 2017 American Water Environmental Grant Program. The grant awards will be available to organizations in Kentucky American Water’s service territory, which includes portions of 12 counties: Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Gallatin, Grant, Harrison, Jessamine, Owen, Nicholas, Scott and Woodford. The program offers funds for innovative,...

Kentucky American Water offers timely, useful winterization tips for consumers; avoid headaches

As you tend to your fall yardwork and prepare for colder weather, Kentucky American Water offers a friendly and useful tip: take measures now to help prevent home water pipes from freezing this winter. Frozen water lines typically occur in areas such as crawl spaces or along the outside walls where unprotected plumbing tends to be more vulnerable to the elements. Here are some winterization tips for...