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Mayfield Electric & Water Systems’ and TVA proudly made it possible for Mayfield Middle School students to attend the Challenger Learning Center in Paducah, Ky. The Challenger Learning Center is part of a network of centers around the world promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education for a learning experience beyond the classroom. These students were able to participate in hands on science experiments and team building activities in order to complete their mission to the moon. The mission was a complete success, allowing 127 students to attend. The students said the experience was both challenging and fun!

For more than 40 years the American Water Works Association and its members have celebrated National Drinking Water Week during the first full week of May. This week provides unique opportunities for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together in recognizing the vital role water plays in our daily lives.

Summer is coming, and the heat is on its way. Rising temperatures could mean the resurgence of rising electric bills. MEWS encourages our customers to take advantage of our free online usage monitoring tool, called MyUsage. MyUsage, allows post and prepaid customers to understand how their behavior affects daily usage and puts the power of knowledge at their fingertips. Creating a usage monitoring account will allow you to monitor monthly, weekly, daily and even hourly usage. By tracking electrical consumption, customers can also see how the weather can directly impact their consumption. The MyUsage portal displays an onscreen temperature chart to show you the consumption and the temperatures allowing you to see the correlation.

Mayfield Electric & Water Systems, the Graves County Water District, and our participating customers are proud to present the Mayfield-Graves County Need line and Food Panty with a contribution amount of $2,009.29 through our customer round up program. The picture to the right shows Customer Service Representative, Meagan Arnold presenting the 2017 contributions to Director Jackie Herndon and Board Member Bob Sims. The program rounds participants utility bills to the next highest dollar and the change collected is distributed to the Mayfield–Graves County Need Line and Food Pantry. The money collected goes right back into our OWN community to have an immediate impact on our neighbors and friends. Any customer who would like to participate in our Round-Up program stop by our office and get signed up today. Your small change can make a big difference!

During the winter months, power outages are more probable due to freezing temperatures, snow and ice. MEWS, wants to prepare our customers in the event of a short or long-term outage. In the event of a long-term outage, creating a home winter survival kit will help you and your family endure the cold grasp of winter.

When creating a survival kit, it is important to remember the essentials and to stock enough supplies for at least 72 hours. Below are some items to consider when creating your families kit.

Non-Perishable Food - Keeping a three-day supply of food that requires no cooking or refrigeration such as bread, crackers, cereal, canned foods, and dried fruits. Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for approximately 4 hours. A full freezer will keep for approximately 48 hours, if the doors remain closed.

Water - In case your water pipes freeze or burst, keep a supply of tap or bottled water on hand. The recommended amount of water supply is five gallons per person. If possible, fill bathroom tub full of water.

Medicine - Make sure all-important medications are ordered or refilled that any family members may need.

Identification - Keep all forms of identification with you, such as driver licenses and social security cards. In addition, make sure to have bank information as well as insurance policies on hand.

Emergency Materials - Keep a supply of batteries, cash, flashlights, first aid supplies, fire extinguishers, and battery– powered radio on hand. Keep cell phone calls or text to a minimum to conserve battery life.

Portable Generator Safety - Never operate a generator inside your home, carbon monoxide is a deadly gas you cannot see or smell. Keep it outside for proper ventilation in an area that will not allow fumes to enter your home. Do not plug the generator into an electrical outlet. Plug appliances directly into the generator, and only use extension cords when necessary. The number of appliances a generator can safely power depends on its rated wattage. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations for proper use and load. Only a licensed electrician should attempt to hook up a generator to the main electric panel of your home or business. If it is connected improperly, power can “back feed” onto utility lines creating a potentially deadly situation for Lineman. For more information on proper installation or approved interlocking devices to prevent back-feed, please contact our office.

Power outages during the frigid winter months can endanger lives. Being prepared can help you and your family stay safe and comfortable. MEWS is always on call and will work diligently to restore power in the event of an outage. To report an outage please contact MEWS at 270-247-4661.