Each spring, Kentucky American Water conducts water main “flushing” to reduce deposits and sediments in the water distribution system that can build up over time. This annual process ensures our water is of the highest quality for our customers. To prepare for this activity, we also temporarily adjust the treatment process at our water treatment facilities from using chloramine to free chlorine. Customers may soon notice Kentucky American Water personnel in neighborhoods opening fire hydrants and letting them flow for a short period of time to flush the water mains. The water flowing from the hydrants will be dechlorinated to prevent any chlorinated water from entering urban streams.

Because we are temporarily changing our water treatment process from using chloramine to free chlorine, some customers may notice a stronger smell of chlorine in the water beginning in mid-April and lasting through late May. Please know that chlorine levels in the water remain the same and the water is perfectly safe to consume. Our Glencoe, Rockcastle County and Wheatley water systems will not experience a water treatment change. Millersburg’s flushing program was completed earlier this year and is not impacted by this flushing program.

Customers may also notice a slight drop in pressure or discolored water for a short amount of time when we are working in their areas. If a customer experiences discolored water, they should avoid doing laundry until the discoloration subsides. Run COLD water from the tap for a few minutes until the water clears. Do not use hot water if you experience any discoloration as it can cause sediment to be pulled into your hot water heater.

Flushing will begin in mid-April and progress throughout our service areas over several weeks. Flushing will occur during:

  • Late evening and early morning hours (Fayette County)
  • Daytime hours (areas other than Fayette County)

Visit to view estimated dates for where we will be working and when.

Please note that only Kentucky American Water employees will be working on the hydrants. Employees can easily be identified by marked vehicles, badges and uniforms.