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Kentucky American Water to Begin Water Main Flushing in Early December in Millersburg

Lexington, KY. – WEBWIRE

Kentucky American Water crews will conduct a “flushing” of the Millersburg water distribution system beginning the week of Dec. 1.The flushing activity involves opening fire hydrants in the system in a strategic manner in order to increase the rate of water flow through the water mains. The water moves quickly through the mains and then out of the hydrants. This increased rate in the flow of water creates a scouring action that is necessary to clear the mains of any natural sediment that has built up in the mains over time.Crews will de-chlorinate the water as it leaves hydrants to prevent any chlorinated water from entering streams.

It’s possible that customers may experience a slight discoloration of their water when crews are working in their area soft own. If discolored water is detected, customers should run the cold water faucet until the water clears. The water still meets all drinking water regulations, but while crews are flushing the system in your area, you may want to avoid such activities as washing clothes, since there is potential for discolored water that could stain clothing.

As much as possible,crews will adhere to the following schedule for the flushing program in Millersburg:

Week of December 1: 7th Street and areas north of 7th Street
Week of December 8: Areas south of 7th Street

Because this flushing schedule could change due to weather or other issues, during this two-week period you are encouraged to run your cold water for a few minutes as a precaution to check for any discoloration in the water before washing clothes, etc.

The water in the system will be disinfected with free chlorine rather than chloramine before,during and for a brief period after the flushing program. The use of free chlorine began this week. While free chlorine is in use, customers may notice a more pronounced smell of chlorine in their tap water, especially when using hot water. The water remains quality tap water and poses no health concerns.Customers who must de-chlorinate their water, such as fish owners or kidney dialysis units, do not need to make any change to their current de-chlorination procedures as a result of this temporary change.

Kentucky American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately half a million people. For more information, visit

Founded in 1886, American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and waste water utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs approximately 6,600 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 14 million people in more than 40 states and parts of Canada. More information can be found at


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