Louisville Water Company

Local News
7:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Line Warranty Offer Has Louisville Water Co.'s Logo, But a Private Company Is Behind It

Credit Illustration by Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

Louisville mailboxes are regularly stuffed with letters warning residents they could pay thousands of dollars in repairs if they don’t have water line warranty coverage.

Though the envelopes bear the logo of Louisville Water Co., they are actually from a private warranty company called HomeServe USA, which has run afoul of several state attorneys general, including Kentucky, in recent years over allegations of unfair and deceptive advertising.

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Local News
6:30 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Crescent Hill Reservoir Walking Path Closed for Eight Weeks

The Crescent Hill Reservoir walking path and gatehouse, pictured in 2013.
Credit Rick Howlett

Starting today, the Crescent Hill Reservoir is temporarily closed to walkers and runners while the Louisville Water Company finishes restoration work on the reservoir’s historic gatehouse.      

The project began in 2013.   Spokeswoman Kelley Dearing Smith says the limestone staircase leading up to the reservoir is also being rehabilitated.      

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Local News
10:28 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Updated: Louisville Water Co., MSD to Immediately Start Sharing Some Services, Staff

Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL News

Update 1:47 p.m.: A Little More

Leaders of the Louisville Water Company and the Metropolitan Sewer District will begin a consolidation effort that could save nearly $100 million in expenses over the next 10 years.

Greg Heitzman, executive director of Metropolitan Sewer District, said a bulk of the saving will come from shared support services and attrition.

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Politics
11:20 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Mayor Greg Fischer Asks Louisville Water Co. to Reduce Proposed 5 Percent Rate Hike

Louisville Water Tower

Mayor Greg Fischer is calling on the Louisville Water Co. to reconsider a proposed 5 percent rate increase set to take effect Jan. 1.

The water company's board discussed a possible hike last week citing a drop in consumption due to a cooler than expected summer. It would be the fourth consecutive year the company has increased its rates and would raise the average monthly bill by $1.

But Fischer says the utility company can find savings and make cuts to come up the difference rather than pass the cost on to customers.

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Local News
5:35 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

New Louisville Water Co. President Discusses Possible Future Working With MSD

Jim Brammell
Credit Louisville Water Co.

The Louisville Water Company has selected a new leader as the utility continues its exploration of a possible merger with the Metropolitan Sewer District.

Jim Brammell was unanimously named the water company’s chief executive  on Thursday. His predecessor Greg Heitzman was appointed in May to lead the Metropolitan Sewer District.

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Local News
11:00 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Historic Gatehouse at Crescent Hill Reservoir Open for Tours

The Crescent Hill Reservoir Gatehouse, built in 1879
Rick Howlett

Louisville Water Company is allowing a rare look inside one of its historic buildings.  

The Crescent Hill Reservoir gatehouse is open for tours, but just for a limited time.

The reservoir is a popular spot for runners and walkers, but most of the time the gatehouse is off-limits to the public.

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Local News
5:22 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Boil Water Advisory Issued for Southwestern Louisville Neighborhood

Areas under boil water advisory.
Credit Louisville Water Co.

Update 4:55 p.m. Thursday: The boil water advisory has been lifted.

So a Louisville Water Company contractor was working on a water main replacement and the main was cut, causing residents of the Windsor Forest neighborhood to lose water service.

With that, a boil water advisory has been issued Wednesday afternoon for the southwestern Louisville neighborhood "until water quality tests confirm the water is safe to drink." (See map for details on that area.) 

The advisory is expected to be in place "for at least 24 hours," the water company says.

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Arts and Humanities
3:36 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Water Museum in the Works

The original Water Works on River Road, after the exterior renovation in 2009.
Louisville Water Company

The Louisville Water Company will begin a $2.6 million renovation project this month to restore its original Pumping Station. The white building next to the iconic Water Tower on River Road, now on the National Historic Registry, was built in 1860 to house the city's original water works steam engines that pumped water from the Ohio River.

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Environment
4:14 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

CEO Says Proposed Innovation Center Could Make Louisville International Center of Water Research

One of the models for the Water Innovation Center, designed by architecture students at UK's College of Design.
Louisville Water Company

Louisville Water Company officials say they’d like to build an international water innovation center in Louisville. The idea was presented today as part of a pre-Idea Festival conference focusing on water.

Louisville Water Company CEO Greg Heitzman says the idea makes sense in a place like Louisville.

“Essentially what it will do is bring water to the people,” he said. “So what we’re going to be doing is taking what we do inside of our water company box and opening that up to the public.”

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Local News
5:56 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Consultants Predict Financial Benefits of Utility Collaboration

The task force studying potential collaborations between several Louisville utilities has one more week to finalize its recommendations to Mayor Greg Fischer. The group heard from a consultant today about some potential financial benefits to a merger.

The utility task force was assigned to analyze the services provided by Metropolitan Sewer District, Louisville Water and Metro Public Works and determine what functions could be consolidated. According to the consultants advising the group, there are numerous financial reasons for at least some type of collaboration.

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