BMU is encouraging Voluntary Conservation by electricity users to lessen the likelihood that service will be interrupted during high demand periods caused by the extreme weather conditions.
Key steps to help:
Decrease thermostat settings to the lowest comfortable level, preferably 68°.
Avoid using major electric appliances, such as dishwashers and clothes dryers, until mid‐day or after 8 p.m., when the demand for electricity decreases.
Turn off and unplug non-essential lights and appliances.
Close blinds and shades at night to reduce energy loss through the windows.
BMU is requesting commercial and industrial users take steps to conserve where possible.
Tip: Moving water is less likely to freeze. During cold snaps, leave one faucet on with a slow drip of cold water, particularly overnight. Choose the faucet farthest away from where the water enters your home to keep it moving through the entire house and leave cabinet doors open to water supply lines.
Click here to access a brochure with additional information.
Solar Panel Leasing
BMU announces that 132 Solar Panels will be placed in service at the BMU Solar Farm Phase III & IV facility located at BMU on Harrison Road. These panels will be available to customers that have electric service with BMU. A License Agreement with a customer will be required for each specific location. Payment to BMU in the sum of $750 per Solar Panel will be due upon execution of the License Agreement as a one-time license fee.
Only electric metered residential (class 1 and 9) and commercial accounts (class 2 and 3) will be permitted to receive the Panel Production Credit.
How do I sign up?
Berea Municipal Utilities (BMU) is accepting reservations for panels. Full payment and signed contract are required to finalize your reserve for panels. Download a contract here. Joyce Hendricks will be accepting lease agreements and payments at the BMU Contractor’s Office, 200 Harrison Rd., Berea, KY 40403 during the weekday hours of 9:00-4:00. Please deliver your completed contract and check made payable to “BMU” to the BMU contractor’s office (to the right of the main customer service entrance.), or mail to:
Attn: Joyce Hendricks
Berea Municipal Utilities
PO BOX 926
Berea, KY 40403-0926
Boil Water Advisory Lifted – Ed Fortner, Utility Director at Berea Municipal Utilities would like to announce at 10:50 a.m., August 1, 2012:
Berea Municipal Utilities has lifted the precautionary boil water notice for BMU customers. The advisory remains for Southern Madison Water District customers.
The boil water advisory had been in effect since Monday evening when it was necessary to valve off the 16” water main feeding Berea due to pressures below 20 psi.
Now, that water samples have been tested, the water company and state’s Division of Water feel the advisory can be lifted for the BMU customers. Southern Madison Water samples must go through the same process and the notice is still in effect for their customers until further notice.
Thank you for your patience.
BOIL WATER ADVISORY – Berea Municipal Utilities had a critical valve failure around 7:00 p.m. on July30th at the water plant that caused an emergency repair and resulted in very low water pressure. A precautionary boil water notice is in effect until further notice. Please bring the water to a rolling boil and let cool before cooking with or consuming.
Any questions may be answered at (859) 986-4391 or (859) 986-7846.
BEREA MUNICIPAL UTILITIES ISSUES A
FOR BEREA, SOUTHERN MADISON WATER DISTRICT AND GARRARD COUNTY WATER ASSOCIATION
As you are aware, we have had very little rain in the past month. Our supply of raw water is being reduced everyday. Compared to the month of April, our daily usage has increased by 500,000 gallons per day. Therefore, Berea Municipal Utilities is asking you to voluntarily reduce your use of water. Here are some suggestions for reducing your water usage.
- The best time for watering is in the morning, so plants have a chance to dry before the cool of the evening, thus making them less susceptible to molds and mildews. The worst times to water are in the mid-afternoon, when the overhead sun might burn plants, and just before sunset, when the plants may not have had enough time to dry off.
- Use a soaker hose, a porous length of hose that allows the water to gently soak into the soil around the plants, can be useful. This is advantageous because it keeps the water off the plant’s leaves and, with the excessive humidity we’ve been having, that’s a good thing to discourage disease, such as molds and mildew.
- Also for outdoor watering, you are welcome to go to the Sewer Plant, on Menelaus Road, and fill up your containers with reclaimed water for watering your outside plants. The plant is open Monday though Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 to 10:00 am.
- Don’t wash sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots, use a leaf blower to blow the debris away instead.
- Don’t wash down buildings.
- Don’t wash your vehicles at home. Take your vehicle to a car wash. The car wash uses much less water than you would at home.
- Eliminate any other non-essential uses of water.
Also, please report any water leaks that you may see so that we can repair them as quickly as possible.
For more suggestions on reducing your water usage go to our website at http://www.bereautilities.com/.
Thank you for your cooperation in conserving our water resources.
The City of Berea is accepting applications for two (2) Seasonal Laborer positions in the Utilities department. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, hold a valid Kentucky Drivers License, and have a high school diploma (or equivalent). Applications are available online at http://bereaky.gov, or may be picked up at City Hall, 212 Chestnut Street. Deadline for applications is 4:00pm on Friday, May 18, 2012. The City of Berea is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Certified Drug-Free Workplace.
SOLAR PANEL LEASING UPDATE February 29, 2012.
14 Solar-panel leases remain to make sun power accessible to BMU customers. The panels are placed in service at the BMU Solar Farm facility located at 200 Harrison Road. There is no limit on the number of panels one customer can lease, so hurry in to be included in the BMU Solar Farm project. The lease cost is $750.00 per Solar Panel.
Under Quick Links, Berea Solar Farm you will be able to download a contract. Please use the Contractors Entrance to the right of the main customer service entrance to see Joyce Hendricks, Operations Secretary about leasing panels.
In observance of the Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., our offices will be closed Monday January 16, 2012.
In observance of the Christmas and New Years holidays, our offices will be closed Friday December 23, through Monday December 26, and Friday December 31, through Monday January 2.