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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The Barbourville Utility Commission strives to deliver quality Cable TV service at the lowest price possible. In recent years, the cost of programming has increased annually, and that trend continues to be the case for 2018 and upcoming years. This year, broadcasters such as Fox Sports, TLC, Nickelodeon, and USA have increased our fees by more than 7%. With packages already priced as low as possible, BUC is forced to increase cable rates to offset the increased programming charges.

Basic cable - from $59.70 to $64.00 monthly 

Preferred cable - from $72.70 to $77.70 monthly

HD Plus - from $78.70 to $83.00 monthly 

Additionally, local broadcast channels such as WDKY, WYMT, WLEX, and WTVQ have inflated their retransmission charges to providers such as BUC. In some instances, these stations have increased our monthly fees by almost 100%. As a result, BUC will be increasing the Monthly Broadcast Surcharge by $5.90.    

Broadcast Surcharge - $17.46

The price increases are a pass through of increased programming costs to Barbourville Utilities. The new rates will be effective March 1, 2018. Despite these changes, our emphasis remains on the customer. Barbourville Utilities will continue to offer quality programming including local, digital, and high-definition channels. As always, we greatly appreciate your business and look forward to serving you in the future.


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