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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...

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...