Kentucky Water nears completion of $35 million treatment upgrades

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Kentucky American Water’s Adam Tilley, project engineer, in front of the new chemical feed and storage structure at Kentucky American Water’s Richmond Road Station water treatment facility in Lexington.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky American Water is nearing completion of a multiyear, $35 million project to upgrade its two water treatment plants in Lexington as well as a facility at Jacobson Reservoir.

The effort will create more modern, efficient and safe treatment plant operations.

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The project, started in late 2018, involves upgrading facilities used to store and feed chemicals in the water treatment process at the company’s two water treatment facilities
in Fayette County, the Richmond Road Station and Kentucky River Station I.

The goal is to maintain safe and efficient facilities by improving chemical storage capacity, pumping systems and chemical piping at the two plants, as well as replacing their respective gaseous chemical systems with liquid chemical systems.

The project also involved constructing a new facility at Jacobson Reservoir, one of the company’s water sources. The new facility located at the reservoir allows for water pretreatment with powdered activated carbon as it leaves the reservoir through a
pipeline and travels to the nearby Richmond Road water treatment facility.

“Kentucky American Water is committed to investing in water system infrastructure in order to improve safety, reliability, quality, and efficiency of our operations, and this project is a great example of that,” said Dave Farrar, vice president of operations for Kentucky American Water. “Using liquid forms of chemicals instead of gaseous versions helps provide safer working conditions for our employees. It also benefits our neighbors by enhancing safety for properties adjacent to our plants as well as for properties along the routes used to transport chemicals to us.”