Friday, May 27, 2016

We’re Jammin’! Hope You Like Jammin’, too…

Memphis Music on Beale. It doesn’t get any better than that. Add the presence of an Elvis statue for inspiration; mix in some blues, rock and roll and bluegrass, include talented Memphis musicians and a worthy cause, and you have Plus-1 Jam.


After a hiatus in 2015, Plus-1 Jam has returned to Beale Street with attitude. Despite the weather playing tricks the first night, the Jam started in earnest on Saturday, April 30 with several talented bands and performers taking to the stage to raise funds for Plus-1, MIFA’s utility assistance program. The weather was kinder over the second weekend, May 13-14.


MLGW sponsors Plus-1 Jam on a stage erected on Beale by the Elvis statue at the north end of MLGW’s Administration Building, and several of the bands feature MLGW employees. Those bands include Muddy River Blues Band, Tropix, Memphis Rock Solid, the Mullins Orchestra, Kyle Russell and Fear the Rooster.


The last weekend of Plus-1 Jam is May 27-28, so come on downtown and enjoy some wonderful Memphis Music, including a big all-star jam four-hour finale at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 28. Many thanks to all the musicians who are donating their time, to the organizers and MLGW, and to everyone who donates to Plus-1. The last weekend’s schedule is below. Let’s Jam!

Friday, May 27
6 p.m.              Tropix – Reggae, Classic Rock, Tropical
8 p.m.              Muddy River Blues Band – Blues, Blues Rock

Saturday, May 28
2 p.m.              Mullins Orchestra – Classical/Pop
4 p.m.              Memphis Rock Solid – R & B, Soul
6 p.m.              Grand Finale All-Out Jam – Blues, Rock, Variety, etc.


Old Database on Lead Service Line Locations Placed Online

Database available at mlgw.com

MLGW is providing online access to a recently-discovered 16-year-old database of early water service line records that was found in its archives. The records indicate the possible location and composition of some water service lines.

Out of approximately 288,000 water service line records included in the database, there were 36,483 records of service lines possibly made of lead, that were installed between 1874 and 1940. (As a reference, MLGW was established in 1939.) Those records can be accessed in a PDF format at the following URL: www.mlgw.com/leadservicedatabase.

A map of the addresses listed on those records accompanies the database. Customers will be able to see if a record exists for their address. The database does contain inaccuracies, though MLGW has made an effort to correct most of the obvious ones.

Still, the database omits some addresses where it is possible that lead service lines exist. There could be homes that once had lead service lines but those lines have been replaced, or are vacant lots where homes once stood, or instances where the material noted for the service line was incorrectly stated on the original record in the archive. These inaccuracies among others will be corrected, over time, as MLGW begins field inspections to verify the recorded material used for its service lines. The inspections will start later this year and be completed by 2020.

The data correction process will cause the stated number of homes that have lead service lines to fluctuate on a daily basis.

Though MLGW’s outstanding artesian well water has consistently met EPA drinking water standards, MLGW is providing public access as part of its commitment to water quality. Lead paint is the overwhelming cause of lead exposure in Memphis and across the country. MLGW officials are aware of no evidence linking lead poisoning with MLGW’s drinking water. Memphis is fortunate to have the best quality drinking water in the country. MLGW provides free water sample testing. Customers can either call 544-6549 to request a water test or send an email to waterlab@mlgw.org and include their name and telephone number.

Our annual Water Quality Reports are online at http://www.mlgw.com/about/waterqualityreport. More information about lead is available at https://www.epa.gov/lead.


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Old Records Could Indicate Lead Service Line Locations

Oldest record is from 1874

MLGW discovered a 16-year-old database of early water service line records in its archives this week. The records indicate the possible location and composition of some water service lines.

Out of approximately 288,000 water service line records included in the database, there were 38,275 records of service lines possibly made of lead, that were installed between 1874 and 1940. As a reference, MLGW was established in 1939.

According to the database, 3,029 of the 38,275 records were for lines installed before 1900. The 38,275 records have addresses that are mostly within or in the vicinity of the Parkways, which are some of the oldest areas in Memphis.

Reports of lead contamination issues in Flint, Michigan have raised concerns about water quality. In sharp contrast to Flint, MLGW has an excellent drinking water corrosion control process. As a result, MLGW’s outstanding artesian well water has consistently met EPA drinking water standards.

The water service line database will aid MLGW’s continued commitment to water quality; however, the database, given the age of its records, appears to contain numerous inaccuracies and omits some addresses where it is possible that lead service lines exist. There could be homes that once had lead service lines but those lines have been replaced, or are vacant lots where homes once stood, or instances where the material noted for the service line was incorrectly stated on the original record in the archive.

The obvious errors will be corrected between now and next week, allowing MLGW to post a database of possible lead service line records on mlgw.com next week. A map of the addresses listed on those records will also accompany the database. Customers will be able to see if a record exists for their address.

Other errors will be corrected, over time, as MLGW begins field inspections to verify the recorded material used for its service lines. The inspections will start later this year and be completed by 2020. The data correction process will cause the stated number of homes that have lead service lines to fluctuate on a daily basis.

Lead paint is the overwhelming cause of lead exposure in Memphis and across the country. MLGW officials are aware of no evidence linking lead poisoning with MLGW’s drinking water. Memphis is fortunate to have the best quality drinking water in the country. MLGW provides free water sample testing. Customers can either call 544-6549 to request a water test or send an email to waterlab@mlgw.org and include their name and telephone number.

Our annual Water Quality Reports are online at http://www.mlgw.com/about/waterqualityreport. More information about lead is available at https://www.epa.gov/lead.


Lead Service Line Locations Q & A

How did MLGW become aware of the 16-year-old database?

In our continued discussions about locating and identifying lead service lines, a staffer noted the existence of the database, which was created to digitize archival records of water service line installations. Information from the archived records was entered into a database in 2001, but never verified.

How much of a problem is lead for Memphis’s water supply?

MLGW officials are aware of no evidence linking lead poisoning to MLGW’s drinking water. MLGW is committed to protecting the quality of our water service and uses an excellent corrosion control system to protect MLGW pipes. Lead paint remains the primary source of exposure in Memphis and across the nation.

How can customers check the database without the use of a computer?

Customers can call 544-6549 to see if their home address is in the database. Our Water Engineering Department will check the database and call the customer with the information.

MLGW has made it clear that the database information could be wrong. How reliable is it?

We’re not sure. The database was created about 16 years ago digitizing unverified information from archival records of MLGW’s predecessors from 1874 to 1940 that contain information related to installation. Given the age of the records, there could be homes that once had lead service lines but those lines were subsequently replaced, or are vacant lots where homes once stood, or instances where the material noted for the service line was incorrectly stated on the original record in the archive. In addition, some information may have been missing in the original records used to create the database. Errors will be a part of the database, even as we work to correct them. At the same time, the database provides a starting point for us to verify and identify where the water service lines may be lead.

Does the database mean that MLGW knows where all of the lead service lines are located?

No. It partially confirms what we have known, which is that some service lines made of lead will likely be found within and in the vicinity of the Parkways, where some of our oldest sections of the city are located. To that end, it provides a starting point to locate and verify these lines.



Monday, May 16, 2016

MLGW Kicks Off “Play It Cool” Program

200 Window Air –Conditioning Units Available for Low-Income Seniors


MLGW is donating 200 window air-conditioning units to qualified low-income seniors and disabled residents of Shelby County.

Neighborhood Christian Center will host a screening and application process for the free units at 785 Jackson Avenue, June 14, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To qualify applicants must be a resident of Shelby County, a low income senior 60 years of age or older, and without operable air conditioning. Once an individual is screened and pre-qualifies, a pre-qualification voucher will be issued to verify that the applicant has met the guidelines up to the field inspection. Field inspections will be conducted by MLGW to verify that the residence meets installation requirements. Households are only eligible to receive an air conditioner once every three years from the MLGW Play It Cool Program.

To apply applicants will need the following credentials on hand:
  • Tennessee State ID or Drivers License to verify age and address.
  • The most recent pay stub or Social Security Income statement to verify income.
Air conditioners will not be installed at addresses with operating units, or on residences with bars or storm windows.  MLGW field inspections and the installation of units will be performed by MLGW employees. 

Applicants for the “Play It Cool” Program may also contact the Neighborhood Christian Center’s hotline number at (901) 881-6013 for a pre-recorded message detailing the necessary qualifications and credentials for eligibility. 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

MLGW and MIFA present Plus-1 Jam on Beale

Performances continue May 13-14 and May 27-28

Plus-1 Jam continues on Beale Street during May to raise funds for MIFA’s Plus-1 utility assistance program. Memphis Light, Gas and Water and MIFA are partnering to celebrate Memphis Music during Memphis in May with live music on an MLGW stage on Beale Street by the Elvis statue on the north side of MLGW’s Administration Building.

MLGW’s celebration of Memphis Music showcases local music on Friday nights and Saturdays, May 13-14 and May 27-28 during Memphis in May. Performers are donating their time and talents, and some of those acts include talented musicians who are MLGW employees.

Volunteers will pass around donation buckets so visitors to the Plus-1 music stage can make donations to help the Plus-1 program.


WHAT: Plus-1 Jam: MLGW Celebrates Memphis Music

WHEN: Fridays and Saturdays, May 13-14, May 27-28, 2016

WHERE: North Side of MLGW Administration Bldg. on Beale Street by Elvis Statue

WHO: Local musicians as well as bands that include MLGW employees

WHY: To benefit Plus-1 and MIFA (administrator of the Plus-1 program)


MLGW’s 2015 Water Quality Report Available Online

The Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division 2015 Water Quality Report is available online on MLGW’s website. Customers can view the 2015 Water Quality Report online at www.mlgw.com/waterquality.

Customers can also request a paper copy of the report by calling 901-320-3950 or emailing corpcomm@mlgw.org. Specialists in MLGW’s water laboratory perform numerous tests throughout the year to monitor components of Memphis’ water.

All community water systems are required to prepare and distribute an annual water quality report. MLGW is proud to continue to provide excellent drinking water for the citizens of Memphis and Shelby County.


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