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.”
BOWLING GREEN, KY – Warren County Stormwater has partnered with Warren County Water District to launch a Septic to Sewer Program. The Septic to Sewer Program provides an easy and affordable solution to septic system property owners in our service area who would like to make a connection to our safe, reliable public wastewater system.
Warren County Stormwater Program Assistant Director Nikki Koller shared, “We are excited to see this program launch within our community. Its with great appreciation for the collaboration working with the team at Warren Water to offer an opportunity to improve and protect the beauty that makes us so proud to live in Warren County.“
Warren County Stormwater and Warren Water are working to protect and enhance the quality of our water resources, improve wastewater service and eliminate the potential for environmental health problems. The Septic to Sewer Program was developed to help eliminate water quality and service problems from failing septic systems by providing an opportunity to replace septic systems with safe, public sanitary sewers. The program offers affordable, interest free financing to homeowners.
“We are honored to partner with Warren County Stormwater to offer a program that impacts the home owner and protects the environment as we take proactive steps for the future,” stated John Dix, WCWD General Manager. “It’s always a win-win when solid partnerships produce a program of value and need to improve lives.”
The benefits to connect to sewer include an increase in home value, lessens maintenance, increases build-able expansion options, improves the environment and provides financial support with an interest free loan. For additional details and to view an application, you can visit www.warrencountyky.gov/stormwater or www.warrenwater.com.
About Warren County Stormwater
The Division of Stormwater Management was created by Federal mandate to provide a safeguard to persons, protect property, and prevent damage to the environment. WC Stormwater promotes public welfare by regulating the design, construction, use, and maintenance of developments and other activities in Warren County that disturb soil in order to prevent erosion from construction job sites or into our water resources and drainage structures.
About Warren County Water District
Warren Water is a public water and wastewater utility serving more than 29,000 water and 6,000 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 162 miles of sewer lines. For more information, visit www.warrenwater.com.
The Warren County Water District continues to promote education in the water supply field and as a part of its overall community involvement efforts by offering a scholarship each year.
The $1,000 scholarship is renewable for four years, as long as requirements are maintained. The scholarship program is administered by the College Heights Foundation at Western Kentucky University and the application submission deadline is April 1, 2019. To learn more and/or to submit an application visit https://www.warrenwater.com/resources/scholarship/.
The Wash Your Hands campaign, is being launched today in-conjunction with Global Handwashing Day, 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 includes free mirror clings for businesses and organizations to use in their facilities and “Wash Your Hands” presentations provided by trained Health Educators from BRDHD at no cost for schools and daycares. 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 for your business or organization please stop by the offices of Warren County Water District, Simpson County Water District, Butler County Water System or the Barren River District Health Department. Schools and daycares can schedule free handwashing demonstrations by calling Barren River District Health Department at 270-781-8039 (dial ext. 160 ) or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.