A Clear Vision and Mission
Safe and clean water is the foundation for life and a pillar for a community’s success. Louisville is fortunate to have not only an abundant supply of drinking water but some of the highest-quality drinking water in the United States. The Louisville Water Foundation promotes public health and identifies water-related needs in the communities Louisville Water Company serves and around the world. It supports outreach and education initiatives that focus on the value of water. The Foundation is working toward a world where safe water is available to everyone no matter where they live.
Louisville Water Foundation History
Chartered in 1854, Louisville Water Company supplies nearly one million individuals and thousands of businesses throughout Louisville Metro and surrounding counties with safe, high quality drinking water. Throughout its 150-plus year history, Louisville Water has directly contributed to improving the welfare of those communities it serves by providing water payment assistance, sharing water education, and engaging in charitable activities.
In 2013, Louisville Water further demonstrated its commitment to the community by establishing the Louisville Water Foundation. The creation of the Foundation consolidates the charitable and philanthropic efforts already carried out by the company behind one unified mission. Additionally, the formation of a separate nonprofit entity allows financial support from a broad base of public and private sources, further enhancing the Foundation’s ability to fulfill its mission.
The Foundation operates as a separate, independent entity from Louisville Water and was granted status as a tax exempt public charity under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code on July 14, 2013. A Board of Directors manages the business affairs and in 2016, the Foundation expanded the board to include a diverse representation of employees from Louisville Water and the Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) and members of the public.
The Foundation’s primary mission is water education and water assistance. The Foundation will provide assistance for water education efforts and will support programs with a mission of providing safe drinking water in other countries. The Foundation also contributes a portion of all donations to help struggling families in the community maintain access to the local water supply. View the Foundation's annual report.
Examples of projects/activities supported:
- Potable water solutions in water-poor communities
- Water stewardship education
- Surface or Groundwater protection education
- Watershed cleanup
- Water assistance programs serving individuals and/or communities
- Water awareness or education campaigns
For specific examples, browse a list of funded projects from 2016.
To learn more about the Louisville Water Foundation, email Kelley Dearing Smith.
“The Louisville Water Foundation allowed us to assist clients, who have fallen behind in paying their Louisville Water Company bill. As part of this funding, we offered budgeting and financial planning to clients, which served a twofold purpose. We alleviate the immediate emergency and also prevent another emergency occurring. We are grateful to funders, such as Louisville Water Foundation, to help us meet the needs of low income families."
--Kim Embrey-Hill, Executive Director, Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency