The Oldham County Water District takes great pride in providing water for homes and business throughout Oldham County. Clean, safe drinking water is a foundation of healthy, vibrant communities, and we are committed to ensuring these services are affordable and available to our customers now and in the future. Our commitment also includes planning, construction, and maintenance to ensure our facilities are continuously meeting our customers’ needs. We believe being good stewards of our natural resources is not only a choice, but an obligation.
Our mission is to work with the residents of the District with pride, keeping our customers’ best interests in mind by making sure we provide safe, potable water and services at the lowest possible cost. The Oldham County Water District will continue to pursue improving techniques for treatment, distribution, and collection to ensure continued growth in our community, a healthier environment, and a better future for our children.
With a diverse blend of residential, agricultural, commercial, industrial, governmental, and wholesale customers, the Oldham County Water District serves almost 8000 water meters to a population of over 35,000 people including the LaGrange Utilities Commission and the Kentucky State Reformatory. In 2012 we produced 1,538,154,000 gallons of water, an average of 4.3 million gallons per day with a plant capacity of 13 million gallons per day with our newly remodeled water treatment facility. We consider it an honor to be your water service provider. We are committed to providing clean safe potable drinking water at affordable rates, and ensuring it’s available for our children in the future.
The District is overseen by a 5 member board of commissioners appointed by the Oldham County Judge Executive. The current board members are Chairperson Mel Milburn – Professional Engineer, Vice-Chairperson John Carsone – MSD Infrastructure & Flood Protection Division Supervisor and former general contractor, Treasurer Robert Durbin – Accountant / CPA, Secretary Jay Hall – Local Business Owner and Insurance Agent, Commissioner Jody Curry – Attorney / Local Business Owner.
The District currently has 17 fulltime employees, including 9 licensed water distribution &/or water treatment operators, and two licensed electricians. We also use contract labor to assist with maintenance as needed. We hold our employees and contractors to a highest standard of providing customer service and providing safe, potable water at the lowest cost possible.
Following the wind storm of 2008 and the ice storm of 2009 the District realized a need to increase its generator capacity. While most water systems in the state have some form of back-up power they cannot operate 24/7 continuous on generator power alone. Under normal conditions the Oldham County Water District’s entire system can operate on emergency backup generators. We purchased some new and some lightly used generators, and had our professionally licensed district employees prepare and install these. We currently have 12 generators ranging from very small 1KW units to 3 very large 750KW V-12 diesel units; our current generator capacity is over 3500KW.
Along with the additional capacity of our remodeled 13 million gallon per day treatment plant, we elected to change our disinfectant from chlorine gas to liquid sodium hypochlorite. Although chlorine gas is a great disinfectant its hazards, if escaped, are great, and we felt liquid sodium hypochlorite is a much safer option for our community. We currently have 11 water storage tanks providing 6.845 million gallons of water storage, and 2 clear wells providing 2 million gallons of ground storage.
We have recently purchased a facility off Commerce Parkway at the end of Spencer Ct to house our office / maintenance personal and equipment / inventory. We are remodeling this facility as funds are available and without any additional rate increase to our customers. Moving our offices to this location will consolidate our operations and facilitate better customer service. We are incorporating a training/meeting room for the community and to keep our employees local for their continuing education needs, and a drive thru window for customer convenience. This facility will also provide us the option to store materials and inventory under roof and out of the weather.
We currently have a project entitled Phase II under construction. This project includes approx 24,000 feet of additional 24” transmission main, some 8” distribution main, altitude valves, and telemetry for 6 water tanks. This project will allow us to distribute larger water volumes into the southern part of our system, and the best part is we are doing this with NO ADDITIONAL RATE INCREASES.
Oldham County is a great place to grow up, live, and raise children. The reputation of life here is beyond compare to anywhere in the country, and we want to keep it that way by providing you with unequaled quality service and our most valuable natural resource, “water”.