Barbourville Utilities will be doing our annual water main flushing beginning September 9th around 10:00 pm and continuing nightly through September 13th. This flushing will be done at night to cause the least inconvenience for our customers.

During flushing water is forced through the water mains at a high speed and discharged through hydrants. The fast-moving water scours and cleans the mains. We leave hydrants open until the water runs clear.

Flushing operations may also lead to discolored water, which can be drawn into homes and businesses if the water is being used during or immediately following the flushing. Such events should affect customers for a few hours at most. The discoloration is caused by iron (red color) or manganese (black color) particles being dislodged from the water main which can stain porcelain and laundry. If discoloration occurs, open the cold tap nearest the water meter—usually a basement sink—to full flow until the water runs clear. In some situations, this may take 5 to 10 minutes. It is also advised that you make sure your water is clear before doing laundry or other projects for which discolored water could cause problems.

As a precaution, prior to using hot water run cold water tap for a few minutes to ensure discolored water is not drawn into the hot water tank.

For questions call (606) 546-3189.

Barbourville Utilities was once again recognized as a Gold Seal optimized plant for meeting the optimization standards 100% of the time in 2017. Only 13 other plants in Kentucky earned this recognition from the Area-Wide Optimization Program (AWOP), a multi-state initiative administered through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency which encourages drinking water systems to voluntarily achieve optimization goals that go beyond regulatory requirements. Kentucky is one of 26  participating states. 

The other Kentucky utilities to achieve the Gold Seal rating for 2017 include: Bullock Pen Water District, Glasgow Water Company – Plant A, Greenup Water System, Jackson County Water Association, Jamestown Municipal Water Works, Kentucky American Water Co. – Plant B, Laurel County Water District No. 2, Lawrenceburg Water and Sewer Department, Liberty Water Works, Logan Todd Regional Water Commission, McCreary County Water District – Plant B, and Rattlesnake Ridge Water District.

This marks the 12th year in a row that Barbourville Utilities has been recognized by AWOP with it’s Gold Seal award.

Barbourville Utilities is proud of our history providing water tested among the purest in Kentucky. In recognition of Drinking Water Week, here are 5 reasons to choose tap water over bottled water:

1. Tap water is regulated by the EPA 
2. Tap water cost about 1/2 a cent per gallon. 
3. No plastic to make or ship. 
4. Fresh tap water is better for you and the environment.
5. It’s convenient! Tap water is already in your home so there’s no need to go out and buy it.

On the other hand, bottled water is NOT regulated by the EPA, is more than 700 times more expensive than tap water, and plastic bottles are bad for the environment.


 Barbourville Utilities is pleased to announce that TBS is now available in HD on channel 615! This HD channel addition comes just in time for college basketball fans as TBS will be broadcasting part of the NCAA March Madness Tournament. 

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