Lexington, Ky., (June 3, 2016) – In addition to the previously announced $1 million Pete Towles Road waterline
project in Owen County, Kentucky American Water is also investing another $900,000 in the East Adair Street
water main replacement project in Owenton and in upgrades at its Owenton wastewater treatment plant.
According to Cody Brenneman, superintendent of operations for Kentucky American Water’s Northern Division,
which includes Gallatin, Grant and Owen counties, the East Adair Street project, which started in April, involves
replacing aging main along East Adair Street in Owenton from the intersection of Main Street to Green Acres Drive
with approximately 2,600 feet of eight-inch-diameter water main. In addition to replacing aging galvanized and cast iron water mains, the project will create a redundant loop of water main to transport water to the water storage tank at the county fairgrounds. The project will be suspended in June due to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s work on Main Street, but will resume after that and is scheduled for completion by September 1.
The wastewater treatment plant project also started in April and involves installing a new ultra violet disinfection
system to replace the chlorine disinfection system currently used, as well as other upgrades. Since the UV method
of disinfection eliminates the use of chlorine in the treatment process, it will help reduce operational costs and will
remove the need to store chlorine at the site.
“We want our customers to know that we continue to make prudent investments in the community’s water and
wastewater systems in order to enhance service and be more efficient,” Brenneman said. “These projects, along with the Pete Towles Road project, total about $2 million worth of solid investment that will continue to benefit our
operations — and, therefore, our customers — for many years to come.”