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American Water vice president Nick Rowe named 2020 chair of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

Nick Rowe, American Water Southeast Division senior vice president and Kentucky American Water president, has been elected to serve as chairman of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce for the 2020 term. Rowe succeeds Paul Thompson, chairman, president and CEO of LG&E and KU Energy, whose term expired September 30. Since joining American Water in 1987, Rowe has held numerous management positions within...

American Water Charitable Foundation Awards Keep Communities Flowing Grant to Millersburg Parks

The American Water Charitable Foundation has provided a $6,341 Keep Communities Flowing Grant award to Artcroft, Inc., in Millersburg, for a project that will revitalize two local parks with playground equipment, plants
 and trees. Left to right, Millersburg Councilmember Lorrain Smoot, ArtCroft Founding Director Robert Barker, Millersburg Vice Mayor Rick Wagoner, Kentucky American Water External...

PSC grants rate increase to Ky. American Water, approves surcharge for water main improvements

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has granted a rate adjustment to Kentucky American Water Co. (KAWC) that is about one-third less than the amount requested by the utility. In an order issued Thursday, the PSC authorized a $13.40 million, or about 15.23 percent, increase in Kentucky American’s annual revenue. The utility had requested an increase of $19.86 million, or 22.6 percent. The...

Kentucky American Water celebrates groundbreaking of new maintenance facility in Owenton

Kentucky American Water has broken ground on a new Field Operations maintenance garage in Owenton. The company hosted a groundbreaking ceremony with business leaders and elected officials today at the site, located at 409 Main Street in Owenton next to the Owen County Judicial Center. The $1.4 million project is scheduled for completion by spring 2020. Left to right: Nathan Clark, Sam Schmidt, and...

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

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 17th year the company has offered the scholarship program. The 2019 recipients are Joseph Craven from Henry Clay High School, Kaitlyn Parker from Owen County High School and Samuel Newman from Tates Creek High...

KAW awards grant to Licking River Watershed Watch in honor of National Drinking Water Week

In celebration of National Drinking Water Week, observed by water utilities May 5 through May 11 with the theme Protect the Source, Kentucky American Water awarded a 2019 American Water Environmental Grant in the amount of $4,975 to the Licking River Watershed Watch.   The environmental grant program provides funds to community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect the watersheds,...

Public Service Commission sets meeting on KY American Water pending rate increase on May 6

The Kentucky Public Service Commission will conduct a meeting in Lexington to provide information on and receive public comments about the pending rate increase requested by the Kentucky American Water Co. “This meeting will allow the public to learn about the PSC’s ratemaking process and Kentucky American Water’s application and to present their views directly to members of the Commission as...

The Arboretum’s ‘Party for the Planet’ is rooted in Earth Month, a time to celebrate and honor the planet

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky It’s Earth Month, a time to celebrate and honor the planet that sustains billions and billions of humans, animals and plants. Party for the Planet, The Arboretum’s annual rite of spring, will be “Spreading Roots” during a month of events that offers special workshops and activities focused on environmental topics for adults and children. As in past...

Kentucky American Water reminds customers every drop wasted adds up during ‘Fix a Leak Week’

Kentucky American Water is leveraging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “Fix a Leak Week” to help customers decrease water waste and better manage their water bills. The annual Fix a Leak Week campaign, organized by the EPA’s WaterSense program, will be observed this week (March 18-24). The national campaign helps to raise awareness about small leaks and other water issues...

Dorothy Rader: What’s behind the quality of your tap water? Be assured that your tap water is safe to drink

There have been a number of stories in the news lately highlighting the shortcomings of water utilities across the country, including some right here in Kentucky. While the struggles for some water utilities to fund necessary upgrades and maintain reliable, quality service are real, I want to reassure Kentucky American Water customers that there is no reason to worry about drinking your tap water. Kentucky...

Kentucky American Water appoints Elaine Chambers director of rates and regulatory for Southeast Divison

Kentucky American Water has announced the appointment of Elaine Chambers as director, rates and regulatory for American Water’s Southeast Division, including Kentucky and Tennessee American Water. Elaine Chambers Chambers will report to Nick Rowe, senior vice president of American Water Southeast Division and president of Kentucky American Water. In this position, Chambers will lead the preparation...

Kentucky American Water offers tips on how to prevent frozen pipes this winter

With bitterly cold temperatures forecast for the next couple days in the Bluegrass, Kentucky American Water reminds customers of ways to help prevent their water pipes from freezing and potentially bursting.   · Make sure you have disconnected garden hoses from all outside spigots. · If you are going way, set the thermostat no lower than 55 degrees. · Keep a slow trickle of water flowing overnight...

Kentucky American Water names Jasmine Mungo manager of customer accounts, customer advocacy

Kentucky American Water has announced the appointment of Jasmine Mungo as manager, customer accounts, reporting to Kevin Rogers, vice president of operations. Jasmine Mungo In this position, Mungo will serve as the primary customer advocacy point of contact for customers and regulatory officials and will oversee Kentucky American Water’s customer advocacy team, located at the company’s Lexington...

Kentucky American Water offers opportunity to help families in need through H2O Help to Others

Especially during this season of giving, Kentucky American Water wants to remind customers and the community of an opportunity to help families in need by donating to the H20 Help to Others program. The program is administered for Kentucky American Water by Dollar Energy Fund in order to assist eligible customers in financial distress with their water bill payments. The program is funded by donations...

Kentucky American Water seeks recovery for investment of more than $100 million in upgrades

Kentucky American Water announced Wednesday that it has filed an application with the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) to adjust its rates for water service in the communities it serves. Kentucky American Water’s ongoing infrastructure investments, which will exceed $100 million in system improvements, are a key reason the rate increase is needed. These investments are necessary to maintain...

Kentucky American Water offers tips to help you avoid frozen water pipes as winter weather arrives

With colder weather in the Bluegrass, Kentucky American Water reminds customers of ways to help prevent 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. Remember to disconnect your hose from your outside faucets. Following these tips now can help...

Kentucky American Water’s Dorothy Rader gets national award for distinguished service to industry

Dorothy Rader, manager of water quality and environmental compliance for Kentucky American Water, has been recognized with the George Warren Fuller Award, one of the highest individual honors bestowed upon water utility professionals by the American Water Works Association. The award recognizes water industry leaders for their long-time distinguished service and commitment to the advancement of water...

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...