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BUTLER WATER ANNOUNCES NEW AUTOMATED WATER METER READING & LEAK DETECTION SYSTEM

Butler County Water System, Inc. will begin modernizing water meter reads in Butler County starting this month with an early 2019 completion date.

Automated Meter Reading (AMR) and leak detection technology will enable Butler Water employees to read meters remotely, safely, and accurately via wireless signals. The new technology is safe and precise at capturing the same information collected from the manually read meters, yet faster and more efficiently.

“Butler Water owns and maintains approximately 4,800 water meters. Each meter is an essential part of Butler Water’s distribution system, responsible for measuring each customer’s actual
water use for billing purposes,” explained John Dix, BCWS General Manager.  “We have been researching and planning behind the scenes for several years to launch an AMR and leak detection technology to improve service in both urban and rural areas of our system.”

Advanced acoustical leak sensors will also be strategically placed to assist Butler Water in identifying leaks in main lines and services before they become potential major interruptions. The reduction in water loss will benefit both the customer and Butler Water.

BCWS Board President Weymouth Martin added, “AMR and leak detection technology will reduce water loss and costs by detecting continuous leaks in our water system. The new technology increases daily meter reading capacity with less vehicles driven, reducing pollution.  With so many benefits, we look forward to the completion of this project.”

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REINFORCING HEALTHY HABITS

The Wash Your Hands campaign, is being launched today in-conjunction with Global Handwashing Day, to reinforce healthy habits within the community.  The campaign is sponsored by Warren County Water District, Simpson County Water District, Butler County Water System and the Barren River District Health Department.  This community wide Wash Your Hands campaign brings attention to proper handwashing in an effort to keep our community healthy.

“The Barren River District Health Department works to help our communities stay at their optimal health and we are always eager to form partnerships with other organizations that are interested in promoting healthy lifestyles – that’s why this alliance with Warren, Simpson and Butler Water has proven to be successful in the past. As always, our outreach is stronger when we band together,” stated Ashley Lillard, Barren River District Health Department Community Health Promotion Director.

The Wash Your Hands campaign includes free mirror clings for businesses and organizations to use in their facilities and “Wash Your Hands” presentations provided by trained Health Educators from BRDHD at no cost for schools and daycares.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, handwashing is the single most important thing we can do to keep from getting sick and spreading illness to others.

General Manager John Dix is pleased to launch this campaign once again with BRDHD.  “The overwhelming response from businesses and schools was a big reason to continue this campaign and partnership. Our team received positive feedback regarding the important reminders to wash for 20 seconds or sing the Happy Birthday song.  Our message is simply to spread the word, not the germs.”

To receive free mirror clings for your business or organization please stop by the offices of Warren County Water District, Simpson County Water District, Butler County Water System or the Barren River District Health Department.  Schools and daycares can schedule free handwashing demonstrations by calling Barren River District Health Department at 270-781-8039 (dial ext. 160 ) or emailing kelsey.carter@barrenriverhealth.org.

JOHN DIX ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE KENTUCKY RURAL WATER ASSOCIATION

Representatives of Kentucky’s public water and wastewater utilities gathered for Kentucky Rural Water Association’s (KRWA) 39th Annual Conference held in Louisville, Kentucky From August 27-29, 2018.  John Dix, General Manager of Warren County Water District, Butler County Water System, Inc. and Simpson County Water District was elected President of Kentucky Rural Water Association’s Board of Directors.

 Dix has been a part of Bowling Green and South Central Kentucky since 1992 when he first joined Warren Water.  Dix’s career also included serving as Vice President of the regional engineering firm Cannon & Cannon, Inc., City Engineer for Bartlett, Tennessee, and as a Submarine Naval Architect for the Department of the Navy. A Civil Engineering graduate of Virginia Tech in 1982, he was elected to the KRWA Board of Directors in August 2015 and has served as Vice President for the past two years.  Dix has taken part in a large number of KRWA training activities and conferences as a participant, speaker and instructor.  John also serves as the President of the Kentucky Rural Water Finance Corporation.   Dix continues to be active in various other state and local activities, he was appointed to the state Water Resources Board by Governor Bevin in 2016, named Vice President of the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Executive Committee in 2017 and serves as Secretary for the Rochester Dam Regional Water Commission.   

“It is an honor to represent the Kentucky Rural Water Association who provides support and resources to utilities from across the state” stated John Dix, Warren County Water District General Manager.  “With the upcoming celebration of their 40th anniversary next year, it’s a special time to celebrate the growth and advancements of this organization.”

BUTLER WATER CELEBRATES NATIONAL DRINKING WATER WEEK

Butler Water kicked off this year’s National Drinking Water Week with an invitation to “Protect the Source” throughout Butler County and across the region.

Butler Water, Kentucky Rural Water Association, the American Water Works Association and water utilities nationwide will celebrate National Drinking Water Week (May 6-12) by recognizing the vital role drinking water plays in daily lives.  Focus will be placed on ways in which water consumers can take personal responsibility in caring for their tap water and protecting its source.     

“We can’t minimize the importance of a healthy water supply in our daily lives. National Drinking Water Week provides an opportunity to recognize this valuable resource and service,” said John Dix, BCWS General Manager. “Butler Water encourages customers to be actively aware of how they personally connect with water and help us protect our water supply.”

National Drinking Water Week 2018 Campaign, which is hosted by the American Water Works Association (AWWA), is a national advocacy event designed to focus on issues associated with drinking water, including making sure that individuals have fresh, safe tap water and knowledge of how valuable the resource is in their daily lives. Tap water plays a critical role in the success of society, from meeting basic public health needs by providing safe drinking water and adequate sanitation, to promoting dental health and supporting industrial, agricultural, medical, and recreational activities.

“We are proud of our team at Butler Water who work around the clock to bring safe, reliable water to residences and businesses, testing the water 250,000 times a month to ensure quality,” Dix added, “This week gives us the opportunity to recognize their commitment to customers and quality service.”

Established in 1881, AWWA is the oldest and largest nonprofit, scientific and educational organization dedicated to safe water in North America.  AWWA has more than 60,000 members worldwide.  Butler Water is proud to participate in this tradition as your local water provider.

About Butler County Water System, Inc.

Butler Water serves a diverse blend of residential, agricultural, commercial and industrial water users.  The system provides an average of 900,000 gallons of water each day through a network of 528 miles of pipeline in a 440-square-mile area. Butler Water draws its supply from the Green River which is then treated at it’s 2 million gallon per day treatment plant in Morgantown.  Details about Butler Water can be found online at butlerwater.com.

 

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