MSD News

Know what to do during and after a flooding event

March 25, 2019

February 2019 was one of the wettest months in Louisville’s history, with heavy rainfall causing flooding from the Ohio River Valley throughout the Louisville/Jefferson County area.

During any flooding event, it is important to take precaution and follow these tips:

• Be careful walking through water. As little as 6 inches of water can cause a person to fall. 

• Never drive through water, and stay away from electrical equipment and downed power lines.

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Rock rollin’ out as work on tunnel continues

March 19, 2019
Muck car

So here’s the scoop of “Bumblebee” …

“Scoop” doesn’t quite do it justice, however, for the work underway at the Waterway Protection Tunnel, as “Bumblebee,” the project’s tunnel boring machine, continues to carve its way through bedrock to create the four-mile tunnel.

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The high cost of ‘flushable’ wipes

March 14, 2019
Bowl Patrol

MSD’s “Bowl Patrol” campaign offers a light-hearted approach to the issue of what to and what not to flush (hint: only “the three Ps” = pee, poo and toilet paper). Though the campaign uses humor to convey its message, the ramification of split-second bathroom decisions plays out in large—and frequently expensive—ways for Louisville MSD.

Collections Supervisor Claude Rottet said people sending the wrong items down the toilet causes massive issues for MSD equipment and personnel, and the biggest culprit is so-called “flushable” wipes.

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MSD joins in efforts to bring more green to Louisville

March 08, 2019
Jordan Basham

With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, Louisville MSD is helping to bring in the green in a different way. 

MSD joined with Councilman Brandon Coan (D-8) on Friday to announce the third annual Planting O’ the Green, in conjunction with the 46th St. Patrick’s Parade. The program is designed to enhance the city’s tree canopy over the next several years. This year, approximately 166 trees will be planted in various Metro Council districts.

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Deadline approaching on FEMA appeals

March 08, 2019

Portions of the Louisville-Jefferson County flood maps have recently been updated. These updates impact approximately 2,800 properties.  To see if a property will be in the new flood hazard area, check the map at or email with the address of the property in question.

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A book may have changed engineer Heather Dodds’ life

March 08, 2019
Heather Dodds

Engineering may not have been the direction Heather Dodds expected her life to take, but then again, she wasn’t sure what direction it would take.

“I was that person who didn’t know what they wanted to be when they grew up,” she said. So she might not have planned on becoming an engineer, and she probably never expected to find herself overseeing a massive capital project on one of MSD’s most critical assets.

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MSD Board approves enhanced Supplier Diversity and new Community Benefits programs

February 27, 2019
Supplier Diversity

Louisville MSD’s Board of Directors approved on February 25 a pair of programs intended to improve the diversity of firms that receive MSD contracts and create community benefits in neighborhoods where MSD is working. The enhanced Supplier Diversity Program and the new Community Benefits Program take effect on July 1, 2019.

For the Supplier Diversity Program,  construction and construction-related services valued at or above $150,000 must include goals for the following qualified vendors who can perform a clear and commercially useful scope of work on the project:

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MSD Tunnel core samples featured at Engineering Days

February 26, 2019
Engineering Days

The Kentucky Science Center’s Engineering Days on February 8 offered students an opportunity to speak one-on-one with engineering professionals who imagine, design and create the world around us. MSD’s Waterway Protection Tunnel Project Manager Jacob Mathis spoke with students from across the region about MSD’s largest project in our history.

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MSD holds meetings concerning changes to floodplain maps

January 09, 2019
Floodplain map

MSD is holding a series of open house meetings to discuss changes to existing floodplain maps by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which may affect your property’s floodplain status. Changes to the maps may affect your property’s flood status

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MSD continues progress in repairs to one of Louisville’s most critical sewer lines

November 15, 2018
ORI repair

MSD continues to work as diligently and safely as possible to repair a large, 84-inch diameter sewer line that is more than 20-feet below Main Street. It is an emergency repair since this pipe carries 40 percent of the community’s wastewater to MSD’s Morris Forman Water Quality Treatment Center for proper treatment and release to the Ohio River.

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