Healthy at Home Utility Relief Fund provides relief to Kentuckians affected by COVID-19 that need assistance with their water, wastewater, electric, or natural gas service. Kentucky’s Community Action Network is partnering with Team Kentucky to distribute these funds statewide.
Two components for this program are available: Subsidy provides assistance to all eligible households. Crisis provides assistance to eligible households experiencing a crisis situation with their utilities.
How to Apply: Interested households should contact their local Community Action Outreach Office on how to apply. To locate your local office, please call 800-456-3452 or visit www.capky.org. Applications will be taken as long as funding is available, or until December 30, 2020.
The Wash Your Hands campaign, will launch in-conjunction with Global HandwashingDay on October 15, to reinforce healthy habits within the community. The annual campaign is sponsored by Simpson County Water District, Warren County Water District, Simpson 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 John Dix is pleased to launch this campaign once again with BRDHD. “The fight against COVID-19 impacts everyone within our community and by reinforcing our messaging to properly wash hands for at least 20 seconds will lessen the spread with the continued reminders. Frequent and proper hand hygiene is on the most important things we can all do to prevent infection. Our message is simply to spread the word, not the germs.”
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.
HENDERSON SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT
The Simpson County Water District promotes education in the water supply field by offering an annual scholarship to a graduating high school senior. Hannah Henderson of Franklin-Simpson High School was presented with a $1,000 scholarship to Western Kentucky University for the 2020-2021 academic year.
“Hannah has a strong sense of community with her appreciation for the traditions in Simpson County. She appreciates the history and the continued opportunities provided to students within the community. Hannah demonstrates a caring spirit by teaching dance at Southern Kentucky Dance Center and helping with foster children as an adoption advocate. We are excited to offer assistance as she furthers her higher education endeavors in nursing,” said SCWD General Manager John Dix. “This scholarship is another way we can serve our community and our customers.”
In an effort to foster success of future water 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 3,400 customers and transporting over 1.0 million gallons a day throughout Simpson County. The system includes over 370 miles of pipeline in the Simpson Water service area, which spans 260 square miles. For more information visit www.simpsonwater.com.
Simpson Water delivers drinking water through a network of pipes to your business. After the water flows through the meter, building owners are responsible for maintaining water quality.
As buildings reopen, businesses, schools and property management teams will begin restarting systems that have been empty or under used. Properly flushing plumbing is essential before reoccupying.
Flushing water lines and water using appliances, is an easy way to ensure that high water quality is maintained. It moves older water, that has been sitting in the pipes, out of the building and brings in fresh water.
Flushing is easy, follow the steps below.
Simpson Water, American Water Works Association and water utilities nationwide will observe Drinking Water Week by recognizing the vital role tap water plays in daily life, the infrastructure that is required to carry it to and from homes and businesses, and the important work of water professionals “behind the scenes”.
Reliable water service used for hygiene, hydration and cooking is critical to our health and safety throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Health organizations recommend that normal hygienic practices, including handwashing for 20 seconds, may play an important role in slowing the spread of the coronavirus.
“Drinking Water Week provides an opportunity to recognize our most valuable resource and the team who delivers quality on tap 24/7. We can’t minimize the importance of a healthy water supply in our daily lives,” said John Dix, SCWD General Manager. “During these difficult times, we reflect on the heroic work of all who place themselves in harm’s way to keep us healthy and safe. Simpson Water encourages everyone to be actively aware of how they personally connect with water.”
Drinking Water Week 2020 Campaign, which is hosted by the American Water Works Association (AWWA), is a national advocacy event designed to focus on issues associated with drinking water, including making sure that individuals have fresh, safe tap water and knowledge of how valuable the resource is in their daily lives. Tap water plays a critical role in the success of society, from meeting basic public health needs by providing safe drinking water and adequate sanitation, to promoting dental health and supporting industrial, agricultural, medical, and recreational activities.
“We are proud of our team at Simpson Water who work around the clock to bring safe, reliable water to residences and businesses, testing the water 130,000 times a month to ensure quality,” Dix added, “This week gives us the opportunity to recognize their commitment to customers, quality service and public health.”
Today we remind ourselves that we are thankful for all the heroes that push forward to care for the community, thank you. Those everyday heroes include our team at Warren, Simpson and Butler Water providing water and wastewater services 24/7. At our utilities, we are strongly committed to protecting public health.
Over the last 100 years, improvements in the health, success, and lifespan of the U.S. population can be linked to improvements in water quality. Providing safe drinking water was one of the most important public health achievements of the 20th century. Water treatment and disinfection has helped ensure access to healthy and safe water for millions of Americans.
“Our team of dedicated employees understand their vital role as operators in providing water and wastewater services. Our employees care, taking on additional duties and extending further measures to fulfill our mission daily,” stated General Manager John Dix. “The appreciation of our team of professionals is even greater during this difficult time as they work hard to defeat the spread of COVID-19.”