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Louisville Water Receives Kentucky History Award

Friday November 11, 2011

The Kentucky Historical Society has honored Louisville Water Company with its Award of Merit for the historical exhibit, “Water Works.” The award was announced in Frankfort on November 11. In October 2010, Louisville Water produced the exhibit in partnership with the Frazier History Museum as part of its 150th anniversary. The 2,800 square foot exhibit included pieces of the original Water Works, drawings and archival photographs dating back to 1858. “Water Works” explored how Louisville Water and a high-quality supply of drinking water has helped define the city of Louisville. The exhibit also highlighted the community aspects of Louisville Water such as the company’s original facilities that are open to the public, a gigantic swimming pool the company built in the 1920s, and today’s work in delivering education and community programming.

Over 20,000 visitors experienced the exhibit at the Frazier Museum. Since the exhibit closed in May 2011, Lousiville Water has put pieces of the display in its corporate office and at community events. Because of the enormous amount of archival material and the community’s interest in its operations, Louisville Water plans to open its own Water Works Museum in the near future.