Project represents first time trenchless method is used by company for waterline replacement
Lexington, Ky. (June 27, 2016) – Kentucky American Water is wrapping up the final phase of an extensive water main
replacement project along the North Limestone Street area in downtown Lexington using unique technology that is less
disruptive and more cost-effective.
The $230,000 project involves replacing 1,200 feet of 10-inch-diameter and 12-inch-diameter cast iron pipe. Typically
water main replacements involve significant excavation – digging through pavement and concrete – and because of the
excavation, can be disruptive for traffic and extend the time needed for restoration after the pipe replacement is complete.
Trenchless technology, however, involves digging few access pits, cleaning the existing pipe, and slip lining an existing
pipe with a new pipe made of cured-in-place pipe. The technology has been used in recent years for sewer line
replacement, but is newer to the drinking water industry.
The project is currently underway, with plans for completion in mid-to-late July.
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. The
company was recognized as a Best Place to Work in Kentucky in 2014, 2015 and 2016. For more information, visit
Founded in 1886, American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility
company. Marking its 130th anniversary this year, the company employs more than 6,700 dedicated professionals who
provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million
people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found at www.amwater.com.