FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) – The Public Service Commission has announced an investigation into the operations and finances of two Kentucky counties unable to account for 35 percent or more of the water they produce.
The PSC directed a dozen utilities – ten water districts, one water association and a division of one investor-owned utility – to provide extensive information regarding their operational practices and efforts to reduce water loss.
PSC considers a 15 percent water loss to be acceptable due to line breaks, leaks, theft and metering inaccuracies.
Two utilities – Martin County Water District and Cannonsburg Water District – are the subjects of current PSC proceedings that include investigations of their excessive water loss.
The order, filed by the commission, will start by investigating the loss of water. The first part includes a list of 45 questions that the utilities must respond to by April 12.
In addition, those utilities that buy or sell water at wholesale must provide copies of the applicable contracts and related documents by March 22.