Brrrr, it’s cold – We want to make sure you are prepared with a few Winter Tips. Preventing your water lines from freezing is essential! Restoring your frozen pipes can be costly; be aware that both plastic and copper pipes can freeze and burst.
Before Winter Arrives
- Insulate pipes in your home’s crawl space and attic. Exposed pipes in these areas are more susceptible to freezing.
- Close any openings with insulation or caulk that allow cold air to come in contact with the pipes. You can find air leaks particularly where there are vents, electric wiring and pipes.
- Disconnect any garden hoses. If possible, shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets.
Leaving Your House Over Winter
- Set your home’s thermostat no lower than 55 F.
- Have someone check on your house regularly to make sure everything is in order.
- Shut off and drain the water system in your house, and turn off your water heater.
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Simpson Water to Receive Grant
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $665,000 grant to Simpson County Water District to make water system improvements needed to serve businesses locating in Franklin, KY including a German manufacturer of brake rotors for automobiles, which is establishing its first U.S. plant in Franklin. The project is expected to spur $193 million in private investment and create more than 340 jobs.
“I commend Simpson County for their continued efforts to attract investors to the region,” said United States Congressman James Comer. “This project strengthens the regional economy, supports capital investment, and creates jobs.”
Franklin-Simpson Industrial Authority Chairman, Gary Broady shared, “We welcome our German friends of Fritz Winter and are elated to have North Wilkey Industrial Park future home to their first U.S. plant. The grant is an excellent example of the support by our elected officials to provide critical infrastructure for future growth within our region.”
EDA grants are awarded through a competitive process based upon the application’s merit, the applicant’s eligibility, and the availability of funds. More information on EDA’s grant process and investment process can be found at www.eda.gov.
“The water system improvements will upgrade and create new water lines in the Henderson Industrial Park and the Blackjack community to support the new Fritz Winter facility while enhancing our capability to attract new manufacturing,” said Simpson County Water District Board Chairman Ray Mann. “Simpson Water works closely with the economic development community to keep pace with changing needs. This includes identifying growth opportunities and industry needs, brainstorming ways to meet those needs, and ensuring adequate and reliable water services. Simpson Water appreciates the efforts of our Industrial Authority and the support of our elected officials.”
The Wash Your Hands campaign, launched in-conjunction with Global Handwashing Day, to reinforce healthy habits within the community. The campaign is sponsored by Simpson County Water District, Warren County Water District, Butler County Water System and the Barren River District Health Department. The 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. As always, our outreach can be stronger when we band together,” stated Lisa Houchin, Barren River District Health Department Community Health Promotion Director.
The Wash Your Hands campaign includes mirror clings for businesses and organizations to use in their facilities for free and “Wash Your Hands” presentations provided by trained Health Educators from BRDHD at no cost for schools and daycares. 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 overwhelming response from businesses and schools was a big reason to continue this campaign and partnership. Our team received positive feedback regarding the important reminders to wash for 20 seconds or sing the Happy Birthday song. Our message is simply to spread the word, not the germs.”
To receive free mirror clings for your business or organization please stop by our offices or the Barren River District Health Department. Schools and daycares can schedule free handwashing demonstrations by calling Barren River District Health Department at 270-781-8039 (dial ext. 160 ) or emailing email@example.com.
Simpson County Water District, Simpson County Water District and Butler Water System, Inc. collected for United Way’s “Feed The Need” Food Drive donating more than 23,000 items from an employee base of approximately 60. The items collected were distributed between the three counties on March 17.
“Feed the Need is United Way of Southern Kentucky’s most significant event for providing Safety Net services in our community. Many people in our region continue to struggle with even the most basic needs like food. The support of our community partners like Warren, Simpson and Butler Water is essential to impact those needs. We appreciate the support of every employee at Warren, Simpson and Butler Water for their tremendous efforts in all facets of support for United Way. The employees have already made a generous commitment of nearly $22,000 in 2017 for United Way of Southern Kentucky during their employee campaign” added Debbie Hills, President & CEO.
“Warren, Simpson and Butler Water LIVE UNITED daily, stated General Manager John Dix. “Our team continues to raise the bar each year in an effort to fill even more shelves at local food banks. I am honored to be a part of such a compassionate group of professionals.”