The COVID-19 virus has not been detected in any of the nation’s drinking-water supplies. The EPA has reinforced that our disinfection process is effective in neutralizing COVID-19. Based on current evidence, the risk to water supplies is low. Americans can continue to use and drink water from their tap as usual.
At Butler Water we are taking proactive measures to ensure we can continue to provide our customers with water and sewer services throughout this crisis. Health officials say the provision of safe water, sanitation and hygienic conditions is essential to protecting human health during all infectious disease outbreaks, including the coronavirus outbreak. Frequent and proper hand hygiene is one of the most important things we all can do to prevent infection. That means washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
At Butler Water, our top priority is to keep our community and employees healthy so that we can continue to serve our customers. To avoid unnecessary contact, we are encouraging all customers to take advantage of our online services. For payments, questions, or other services, please visit www.butlerwater.com or call 270-526-4656.
The following everyday actions will also help protect you and your loved ones:
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
For more information, we recommend you visit the CDC, EPA and state health department web pages for the latest updates:
EPA – Drinking Water & Wastewater FAQs – https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-drinking-water-and-wastewater#tapwater
Kentucky’s Department of Public Health – www.kycovid19.ky.gov
To promote education in the region while reinforcing efforts to support development of a quality workforce, Butler County Water System is launching a $1,000 scholarship program. The scholarship, awarded annually, will go to Butler County graduates planning to attend Western Kentucky University or South Central Kentucky Community & Technical College (Franklin/Bowling Green campuses).
“The service we provide is closely linked to the quality of life in Butler County and to the young people who are educated here,” said Weymouth Martin, President, BCWS Board of Directors. “We see this scholarship as one more way we can serve our community and our customers.”
The 2020 Butler County graduating seniors will be the first group eligible for the BCWS scholarship. The scholarship is renewable for four years, as long as scholarship requirements are maintained.
The scholarship program will be administered by the College Heights Foundation at Western Kentucky University.
“We are excited about Butler Water joining the other civic organizations, companies, and strong alumni base that already support scholarships for students. We look forward to contributing our assistance in their scholarship program,” said Donald Smith, President of the College Heights Foundation at WKU.
For application and eligibility details, students should contact their high school guidance counselor or visit bulterwater.com. The deadline for scholarship applications is April 1, 2020.
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.
The Wash Your Hands campaign, will launch in-conjunction with Global Handwashing Day on October 15, 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 provides free mirror clings for schools, daycares, businesses and other organizations to use in their facilities. 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/posters for your school/daycare, business or organization stop by the offices of Warren County Water District, Simpson County Water District, Butler County Water System or the Barren River District Health Department.
About Warren, Simpson and Butler Water
Warren, Simpson and Butler Water are public water utilities serving more than a combined 38,000 customers and transporting over 10 million gallons a day throughout the three county region. There are over 2,000 miles of water mains in the service areas, which span over a total of 1,300 square miles.
Butler Water, Kentucky Rural Water Association, the American Water Works Association and water utilities nationwide will celebrate National Drinking Water Week (May 5-11) 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 2019 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.
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.”