Open House, PSC Meeting This Week For Kentucky American Water

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Two important community-relations events relating to Kentucky American water are planned for this week.

The central Kentucky utility celebrates the 125th anniversary of water works in Lexington with an open house Tuesday at its Richmond Road water treatment plant.

The following evening, Kentucky American's proposed 37-percent rate hike will be the subject of a public meeting hosted by the state Public Service Commission.

"Of course the bulk of that request is related to the water treatment plant that we're building in Owen County as well as the 31-mile pipeline that will bring that treated water back into our community," says Kentucky American spokeswoman Susan Lancho.

Susan Lancho says the timing of the two events was coincidental. Customers can ask questions and learn about the rate increase request at Tuesday's open house.

PSC spokesman Andrew Melnykovych says comments received at Wednesday's meeting will help the commission determine if the request is fair and reasonable.

"Basically all they need to do is show up at the meeting. We'll have sign-in sheets, they can indicate on the sign-in sheet whether they wish to speak, and if they do so they will be given an opportunity to address the commission."

Tuesday's open house is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at 2300 Richmond Road. The Wednesday PSC meeting starts at 6 p.m. at the Fayette County Public Schools Board of Education at 701 E. Main Street.