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WARREN, SIMPSON, AND BUTLER WATER HONORED FOR EXCELLENCE

Warren County Water District, Simpson County Water District, and Butler County Water System received top honor at the seventh annual Excellence in Resourcefulness Awards in Marco Island, Florida last month presented by Frost & Sullivan. The award recognizes utilities and municipalities using innovative products and services to minimize electric, gas, and water waste. 

Serving a combined 40,800 residential, agricultural, commercial and industrial customers throughout 2,110 miles of distribution main – Warren, Simpson and Butler Water were recognized for their collaboration to reduce water loss water and improve connectivity throughout their service areas.  

“Our team was proud to accept this award. The team began the implementation of modernizing water meter reads in all three water districts four years ago with Itron,” stated Jacob Cuarta, General Manger. “Automated Meter Reading (AMR) and leak detection technology enabled employees to read meters remotely, safely, and accurately via wireless signals. Advanced acoustical leak sensors were strategically placed to assist in identifying leaks in main lines and services before potential major interruptions.”  

Since October 2018, the leak sensors have saved the water districts over 76 million gallons of water and over 20.6 million gallons for customers. The deployment of both AMR and AMI systems will continue to reduce meter reading costs, increase billing accuracy, enhance customer service and reduce water loss for Warren, Simpson and Butler Water. 

“Warren, Simpson and Butler Water installed a combined 13,600 Itron acoustic leak sensors that are seamlessly integrated with the AMR and AMI system,” Cuarta added. “Since the commencement of this project, we have detected 371 leaks (equivalent to 76 million gallons of water) and have been able to notify 916 customers about leakage problems at the customer end. Savings from non-revenue water can be used for financing further infrastructure development that will serve the community as a whole.” 

As part of the selection process, Frost & Sullivan conducted in-depth research and interviews and evaluated utilities against industry best practices and the decision criteria, including societal impact and business impact for each category. Indicators for societal impact included improving customer awareness and participation, enabling behavioral change to reduce waste through customer engagement and technology-driven programs, and yielding impressive waste reduction results that benefit the overall served community. Indicators for business impact included drafting a clear vision to address excessive waste through technology implementation, achieving operational effectiveness as a result of a successful strategy for sustainability, and strengthening a utility’s brand image as a leader for sustainability. 

 

About Frost & Sullivan 

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants. For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. 

About Itron 

Itron enables utilities and cities to safely, securely, and reliably deliver critical infrastructure services to communities in more than 100 countries. Our portfolio of smart networks, software, services, meters and sensors helps our customers better manage electricity, gas and water resources for the people they serve. By working with our customers to ensure their success, we help improve the quality of life, ensure the safety and promote the well-being of millions of people around the globe. Itron is dedicated to creating a more resourceful world. 

About Warren, Simpson and Butler Water 

Warren, Simpson and Butler Water are public water utilities serving more than a combined 40,800 customers and transporting over 10 million gallons a day throughout the three county region.  There are over 2,110 miles of water mains in the service areas, which span over a total of 1,300 square miles. 

REINFORCING HEALTHY HABITS

The Wash Your Hands campaign, launches in-conjunction with Global Handwashing Day on October 15, to reinforce healthy habits within the community.  The annual campaign is sponsored by Simpson County Water District, Warren County Water District, Butler County Water System and the Barren River District Health Department.  This community wide Wash Your Hands campaign brings attention to proper handwashing in an effort to keep our community healthy. 

“The Barren River District Health Department works to help our communities stay at their optimal health and we are always eager to form partnerships with other organizations that are interested in promoting healthy lifestyles – that’s why this alliance with Simpson, Warren and Butler Water has proven to be successful in the past. Our outreach is stronger when we band together and is even more important during a pandemic,” stated Ashley Lillard, Barren River District Health Department Director for Population Health.     

The wash your hands campaign provides free mirror clings for schools, daycares, businesses and other organizations to use in their facilities.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, handwashing is the single most important thing we can do to keep from getting sick and spreading illness to others. 

General Manager Jacob Cuarta is pleased to launch this campaign once again with BRDHD.  “The fight against any virus impacts our community and by reinforcing our messaging to properly wash hands for at least 20 seconds will lessen the spread. Frequent and proper hand hygiene is one of the most important things we can all do to prevent infection. Good health is in your hands.”   

To receive free mirror clings/posters for your school/daycare, business or organization stop by the offices of Simpson County Water District, Warren County Water District, Butler County Water System or the Barren River District Health Department.  

For Wash Your Hands campaign details visit www.simpsonwater.comwww.warrenwater.comwww.butlerwater.com or www.barrenriverhealth.org 

  

About Simpson, Warren and Butler Water 

Simpson, Warren and Butler Water are public water utilities serving more than a combined 38,000 customers and transporting over 10 million gallons a day throughout the three county region.  There are over 2,000 miles of water mains in the service areas, which span over a total of 1,300 square miles. 

2022 Simpson Water Art Contest – What water means to me

Simpson County Water District is excited to launch the second annual art contest for Simpson Water open to all ages 5-18. We will have 4 age divisions and within each age division visa card awards will be given to first, second and third place. Winning pieces will be featured on social media and on display within our lobby.

The attached outline provides all the specifics regarding the contest along with the application. All entries are due by Friday, November 4.  We look forward to an overwhelming response as we work together to bring awareness and protect our most precious resource – WATER.

All questions can be submitted to Jill Harmon at jillh@simpsonwater.com. Thank you in advance.

 

Value Water.  Value Our Future.

 

For more information, please visit the Art Contest page.

Download Contest Application

FISHING FOR A CAUSE

Warren, Simpson and Butler Water to host second annual Fishing for a Cause on Saturday, September 24 to support United Way of Southern Kentucky’s Feed the Need campaign. The tournament will be held at Port Oliver Boat Ramp from 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. Mark your calendar and make plans to participate.

Early registration begins the week of the tournament or participants can register on September 24th beginning at 4:30 a.m. for further details and questions contact Matt Stinson at 270-618-1832.

Join us as we LIVE UNITED.

SIMPSON COUNTY WATER DISTRICT SUPPORTS EDUCATION – HUMPHREY SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT

The Simpson County Water District promotes education in the water supply field by offering an annual scholarship. Elsa Humphrey of Franklin-Simpson High School was awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Western Kentucky University for the 2022-2023 academic year at the awards program held May 11.  

“Elsa has demonstrated leadership and dedication with her academic achievement leading to a 4.0 GPA while supporting extracurricular activities,” said SCWD General Manager Jacob Cuarta. “She is an excellent example for her school and community. Elsa served as the captain of her soccer team and participated in Beta along with FFA.  We are excited to offer assistance as she furthers her higher education. This scholarship is another way we can serve our community and our customers.”   

In an effort to foster success of future water and sewer utility professionals, the scholarship is offered to assist a Simpson County high school senior pursuing further education in a related field.  The scholarship is renewable for four years, as long as requirements are maintained.  

For application and eligibility details, students should contact their high school guidance counselor or visit www.simpsonwater.com.  

About Simpson County Water District  

Simpson Water is a public water utility serving more than 3,500 customers and transporting over 1.1 million gallons a day throughout Simpson County.  The system includes over 400 miles of pipeline in the Simpson Water service area, which spans 260 square miles.  For more information visit www.simpsonwater.com.

SIMPSON WATER ANNOUNCES NEW GENERAL MANAGER

Simpson County Water District Board of Commissioners announced the appointment of Jacob Cuarta as the new general manager. He will also serve as the general manager for Warren County Water District and Butler County Water System, Inc. Cuarta, replaces John Dix, who is retiring in June after serving our community for over 30 years.

Cuarta previously led the Water Quality and Operations Division for Pasco County Utilities in Florida, a large public utility with over 122,000 customers. While overseeing all water production/treatment, data analytics, and distribution system water quality, he was engaged in strong customer service and regulatory legislative affairs. Prior to that role, Cuarta worked as a Project Manager for the Southwest Florida Water Management District completing oversight on a vast array of projects, such as transmission, production, pumping, residential conservation through automated metering infrastructure, and leak detection. He also has worked with the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection providing operator certification training in water treatment, distribution, and wastewater system operations.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as general manager,” Cuarta said. “I look forward to building upon the legacy of dedication to ensure high-quality water and wastewater services throughout the entire service area. The strong team culture combined with a spirit of giving reinforced my decision to return to my Kentucky roots.”

A graduate of Western Kentucky University, Cuarta holds a master’s degree in public health, with heavy emphasis in all aspects of environmental health and earned his bachelor’s degree in environmental science. Originally from Bowling Green Kentucky, he has family embedded in the Bowling Green community for more than seventy-five years and is excited to return to the area with his wife and four-year-old daughter.

About Simpson County Water District
Simpson Water is a public water utility serving more than 3,500 customers and transporting over 1.1 million gallons a day throughout Simpson County.  The system includes over 400 miles of pipeline in the Simpson Water service area, which spans 260 square miles.  For more information visit www.simpsonwater.com.  

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