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.
The Warren County Water District continues to promote education in the water supply field by offering a scholarship each year. Caleigh Esters of South Warren High School was awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Western Kentucky University for the 2019-2020 academic year. “Esters qualities of a hard-working student, performer, and community servant elevated her as the top candidate. We are excited to offer assistance as she furthers her higher education by pursuing a degree related to Health Science/Public Health through WKU’s Honor College, said Warren Water General Manager John Dix. “This scholarship is another way that we can serve our community and our customers.”
In an effort to foster success of future water and wastewater utility professionals, the scholarship is offered to assist a Warren County high school senior pursuing further education in a related field. The scholarship is renewable for four years, as long as requirements are maintained.
For application and eligibility details, students should contact their high school guidance counselor or visit www.warrenwater.com.
Warren Water, the American Water Works Association and water utilities nationwide will celebrate National Drinking Water Week (May 5-11) by recognizing the vital role drinking water plays in daily lives. Focus will be placed on ways in which water consumers can take personal responsibility in caring for their tap water and protecting its source.
In celebration of Drinking Water Week, Warren Water invited all fourth-grade classes in Warren County to step outside and create chalk art. Chalk art that encompasses the theme “Protecting the Source and/or How Water is Essential to Life.” All pictures submitted will be posted on Warren Water’s Facebook page for the community to vote on their favorite chalk art creation with a like and/or comment.
“National Drinking Water Week provides an opportunity to recognize our most valuable resource. We can’t minimize the importance of a healthy water supply in our daily lives.,” said John Dix, WCWD General Manager. “Warren Water encourages everyone to be actively aware of how they personally connect with water and help us protect our water supply. Let’s raise awareness together by posting ways to protect the source on social media and share all these chalk art creations by fourth graders from across the county! Vote during National Drinking Water Week. Remember to tag Warren Water.”
National Drinking Water Week 2019 Campaign, which is hosted by the American Water Works Association (AWWA), is a national advocacy event designed to focus on issues associated with drinking water, including making sure that individuals have fresh, safe tap water and knowledge of how valuable the resource is in their daily lives. Tap water plays a critical role in the success of society, from meeting basic public health needs by providing safe drinking water and adequate sanitation, to promoting dental health and supporting industrial, agricultural, medical, and recreational activities.
“We are proud of our team at Warren Water who work around the clock to bring safe, reliable water to residences and businesses, testing the water 130,000 times a month to ensure quality,” Dix added, “This week gives us the opportunity to recognize their commitment to customers and quality service.”