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Louisville Water Company Board approves 2009 Budget

Wednesday November 19, 2008

Community Commitment to Great Tasting, High Quality Drinking Water Continues

What’s the secret to making great tasting, high quality drinking water? Louisville Water Company (LWC) President Greg Heitzman says the community’s commitment to excellence is the key. “Our water is some of the best in the nation because we invest in the technology and research that allow us to treat Louisville drinking water to a higher standard than required by law. We are always looking for ways to improve the product and service we deliver to customers.”

A prime example is the company’s Riverbank Filtration (RBF) project. The $50 million dollar investment will enable LWC to meet and exceed future more stringent drinking water regulations being imposed by U.S. EPA. Using the aquifer’s natural filtering process RBF produces very high quality source water, reduces the need for chemical treatment and stabilizes water temperature. A more stable water temperature will reduce main breaks.

The $97 million 2009 Capital Budget includes $7 million for the advanced treatment project. It’s part of an $18 million dollar expenditure for new technology and facilities.

Capital Budget Highlights:

  • With an abundant water supply in the Ohio River many neighboring water utilities are turning to LWC to supplement their existing water supply. Growth related improvements account for nearly $36 million. This includes $31.3 million to improve water pressure in eastern Jefferson County and extend transmission facilities into Bullitt County.

  • Another key water quality component is maintaining the company’s nearly 4,000 mile water delivery system. Over $30 million dollars has been set aside in 2009 to make infrastructure improvements.

The Board of Water Works approved a 5.5 percent rate increase to fund improvements to the water treatment and delivery systems. This was the low end of 5.5 to 6.5 percent rate range recommend by LWC staff.

The increase raises the average monthly water bill approximately $1.09. A typical residential customer using about 6,000 gallons of water per month now pays on average $19.78. Beginning January 1st that same customer would pay $20.87.

Voted the nation’s best tasting drinking water, with one of the country’s highest water quality rankings, LWC currently serves 850,000 people in Metro Louisville and portions of Oldham , Shelby , Spencer, Bullitt and Nelson counties. On average the company pumps 130 million gallons of water per day (MGD) and has a 240 MGD capacity, with a virtually unlimited water supply in the Ohio River .