Op-Ed

Take a tour of water utility

There's an exercise that some of our employees use when making presentations to school children about the value water plays in our lives. They'll ask the children to name all the ways they use water in the morning. Then how they use water at school. Then in the evening when they get home.

They'll then discuss ways our community uses water for important activities like fighting fires, cooling industrial plants and more. The discussion then moves to the many simple steps all of us can take to protect our watershed and use water wisely.

While this exercise may seem, well, elementary to many, it's actually a great reminder even for adults of how precious a natural resource water really is. And yet, for most people trying to keep up with the fast-paced nature of life and all the challenges it brings, it's sometimes easy to take water, and quality water service, for granted.

Of course, we don't take water or water service for granted at Kentucky American Water.

For those in the water service industry, and specifically for me and my team at Kentucky American Water — a water utility serving nearly 500,000 people in portions of 10 Kentucky counties — water is foremost in our minds. Our job is to make sure that you have quality, dependable water service for brushing your teeth, bathing your children, washing your clothes, watering your garden and quenching your thirst, and for the many other ways you use water daily.

We own and manage more than 8,000 public fire hydrants attached to our water mains to assist with our community's fire protection, and make sure there is ample supply and pressure for our commercial and industrial customers' needs. We manage our systems as efficiently as possible while also making the necessary, ongoing investments in our treatment plants, pipelines, meters and related facilities and equipment to ensure quality service well into the future.

If you'd like to learn more about us and our operations, I invite you to stop by our Richmond Road property on the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 28. We're opening the doors of our Richmond Road location from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for WaterFest, a community open house.

Our team will provide tours of the water treatment plant and will host a variety of educational exhibits and demonstrations about the various ways we work to ensure excellent quality water service — for less than a penny a gallon. A few of our community partner organizations will join us, and we'll have refreshments as well as some activities for the kids, too.

I hope you can join us.

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