Warren Water Asks the Community to Imagine A Day Without Water
In recognition of Imagine a Day Without Water, Warren Water is joining the Value of Water Coalition and asking our community to consider the impact of living without quality tap water.
The Value of Water Coalition is dedicated to educating and inspiring the nation on how water is essential and invaluable and therefore, needs investment. The Kentucky Water Resources Board was created during the 2016 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly. The board was formed to provide state regulators with recommendations on water use efficiency, as well as develop a water conservation strategy for the state’s agricultural sector.
Kentucky Rural Water Association Executive Director Gary Larimore shared, “It is critical that our water resources continue to be a focus across the state. Kentucky Rural Water Association partners with water and wastewater utilities across the state to help them protect and manage this valuable resource. We continue to make great strides.”
“Warren Water is honored to join the Value of Water Coalition and Kentucky’s Water Resources Board and hundreds of other organizations around the country who are participating in the fifth annual Imagine a Day Without Water. A day without water would be a public health and safety crisis. It means no water to shower or flush the toilet, no water to drink or cook with, and no water to do laundry or dishes. A single nationwide day without water service would make it impossible for doctors, firefighters, and farmers to serve our communities.,” stated John Dix, WCWD general manager. “It’s great to see continued proactive steps for the future of water infrastructure at both the state and federal level.”
As the community considers the impact of living without water, we invite everyone to participate in our online social media push with messaging to share with family and friends. For participants who like, share and comment on our posts between October 23 and October 24 your name will be entered in a drawing to win a pizza and pizza cutter (three winners will be drawn). Why pizza? Food for thought, it takes 42 gallons of water to make one slice of pizza plus everyone loves pizza.
About Warren County Water District
Warren Water is a public water and wastewater utility serving more than 30,000 water and 7,500 wastewater customers throughout Warren County while providing operation and management services to Butler County Water System and Simpson County Water District. There are over 1,200 miles of water mains in the Warren Water service area, which spans 530 square miles. The Warren Water sewer system includes over 190 miles of sewer lines. For more information, visit www.warrenwater.com
The Wash Your Hands campaign, will launch in-conjunction with Global Handwashing Day on October 15, to reinforce healthy habits within the community. The campaign is sponsored by Warren County Water District, Simpson County Water District, Butler County Water System and the Barren River District Health Department. This community wide Wash Your Hands campaign brings attention to proper handwashing in an effort to keep our community healthy.
“The Barren River District Health Department works to help our communities stay at their optimal health and we are always eager to form partnerships with other organizations that are interested in promoting healthy lifestyles – that’s why this alliance with Warren, Simpson and Butler Water has proven to be successful in the past. As always, our outreach is stronger when we band together,” stated Ashley Lillard, Barren River District Health Department Community Health Promotion Director.
The wash your hands campaign provides free mirror clings for schools, daycares, businesses and other organizations to use in their facilities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, handwashing is the single most important thing we can do to keep from getting sick and spreading illness to others.
General Manager John Dix is pleased to launch this campaign once again with BRDHD. “The overwhelming response from businesses and schools was a big reason to continue this campaign and partnership. Our team received positive feedback regarding the important reminders to wash for 20 seconds or sing the Happy Birthday song. Our message is simply to spread the word, not the germs.”
To receive free mirror clings/posters for your school/daycare, business or organization stop by the offices of Warren County Water District, Simpson County Water District, Butler County Water System or the Barren River District Health Department.
About Warren, Simpson and Butler Water
Warren, Simpson and Butler Water are public water utilities serving more than a combined 38,000 customers and transporting over 10 million gallons a day throughout the three county region. There are over 2,000 miles of water mains in the service areas, which span over a total of 1,300 square miles.
We will be performing scheduled maintenance on our systems on Saturday July 20th, 2019, from 5am until approximately 9am. During this time, we will not be able to accept payments of any kind. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
Capacity Improvements at a Glance
With the total number of customers served reaching 30,000 and over 2,000 residential and commercial units in various stages of planning and construction, strong growth will require capacity improvements in Warren County along with numerous road widening projects. Warren Water completed water and sewer capacity improvements with the completion of the Memphis Junction Force Main Project and Nashville Road Pump Station upgrade. Water and sewer line relocations are underway for the widening of Highway 31W from Dillard Road to Buchanon Park
An aging and deteriorating sewer system requires repair and rehabilitation in the Plum Springs area through Rural Development and Kentucky Infrastructure Authority financing. The contract has been awarded to Miller Pipeline and construction will begin this month. The repairs will include the use of trenchless technology to line the inside of the existing old infrastructure. Some excavating will be required to do point repairs. The overall disturbance will be greatly reduced using the trenchless technology.
Design is almost complete on water system improvements including a new tank, pump station, water lines in the Hilltop Trail area to improve pressure and reliability in the area along with replacement of old small galvanized/plastic water lines in various locations that will be funded through a Kentucky Infrastructure Authority Loan.
Water & Sewer Rate Adjustments
Warren Water implemented rate adjustments for water and wastewater customers effective July 1, 2019. The adjustments are the result of a wholesale water and wastewater increase from Bowling Green Municipal Utilities (BGMU) along with Warren Water’s need to rehabilitate and repair aging wastewater infrastructure. The wholesale rate increases are needed to support a water treatment plant expansion from 30 to 45 million gallons per day and wastewater capacity increases in the southern areas of the city and county due to substantial growth. The total cost of the water and wastewater projects are over $60,000,000. The increase will be the first of four water and wastewater rate increases over the next four years due to the wholesale charge from BGMU.
The bill for an average residential water customer will increase $1.70 from $21.64 to $23.34. The monthly average bill for a wastewater customer will increase $1.93 from $19.96 to $21.89. The future water and wastewater rate increases will be less.
Warren Water continues to have the lowest rates in Warren County as well as some of the lowest in the state and region. For additional information or questions regarding this rate increase, visit www.warrenwater.com.
Congratulations to our 2019 Drinking Water Week Chalk Art Entry Winner – Ms. Boyer’s Fourth Grade Class at Briarwood Elementary! Compliments to all the classes that participated, thank you for sharing awareness of our most precious resource – WATER!
A total of 27 entries of chalk art were submitted by several fourth grade classes from across the county that encompassed the theme “Protecting the Source and/or How Water is Essential to Life.” All the entries were shared on social media, inviting friends and family to get involved by voting to celebrate National Drinking Water Week.
We appreciate the community for participating and all the creativity from our fourth graders! Value Water. Value Our Future.
Bowling Green, KY – Warren Country Water District (Warren Water) will implement rate adjustments for water and wastewater customers effective July 1, 2019. These adjustments are the result of wholesale water and wastewater increases from Bowling Green Municipal Utilities (BGMU) along with Warren Water’s need to rehabilitate and repair aging wastewater infrastructure. The wholesale rate increases are needed to support a water treatment plant expansion from 30 to 45 million gallons per day and wastewater capacity increases in the southern areas of the city and county due to substantial growth. Warren Water must also begin repairing and rehabilitating aging wastewater infrastructure in the Louisville Road/Plum Springs area that was installed in the early ‘70s. The total cost of the water and wastewater projects is over $60,000,000. The increase will be the first of four water and wastewater rate increases over the next four years due to the wholesale charge.
The bill for an average residential water customer will increase $1.70 from $21.64 to $23.34. The monthly average bill for a wastewater customer will increase $1.93 from $19.96 to $21.89. The subsequent rate increases in 2020 through 2022 will be lower. Even after these increases, Warren Water continues to have the lowest rates in Warren County as well as some of the lowest in the state and region.
“Warren Water recognizes that any increase can be difficult for our residential and business customers; however, these rate adjustments will provide the infrastructure needed to serve the strong growth our region is experiencing both now and for the future”, stated John Dix, WCWD General Manager. “With such a significant investment into this region’s infrastructure, the staff at BGMU worked with us to achieve our goal of reducing the impact on our customers by adopting a four-year rate setting strategy to lessen the immediate cost impact. It is important to note that the three future rate increases will be lower than the initial increase.”
Warren Water maintains over 1,200 miles of pipeline, along with 32 pumping stations and 28 storage tanks throughout a 530-square-mile area. Warren Water’s wastewater system includes over 178 miles of sewer, transporting nearly three million gallons of wastewater to BGMU’s wastewater treatment plant daily. Warren Water is committed to providing safe, quality drinking water and wastewater service at the most reasonable rates possible by managing costs and overhead effectively.
“Meeting the demands of a growing community comes with challenges including the replacement of aging infrastructure and expansion projects. I am proud of the entire organization’s commitment to providing quality services at affordable prices,” added Dix.
For additional information or questions regarding this rate increase, customers may review information at www.warrenwater.com.