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.

MEWS is a public power utility that is owned by the people we serve. We focus on delivering reliable and affordable electricity as part of our mission of service to our communities to help them shine as great places to live, work and play and to raise a family.

We are not in business to make a profit. We reinvest every dollar we earn into our utility system to make it better. The public power model is designed to give you the lowest energy rates possible, service you can count on and support in attracting new jobs to the area.

The work we do is paramount to the communities we serve, and it is a responsibility we take very seriously. We work for you and we are committed to making your life better. Whether it is working together to keep your energy bills low, your reliability high or to bring new jobs to the area, you can rest assured that our goal is to make life better for you.

Thank you for helping us celebrate Public Power: A Tradition That Works!

You may have noticed things have gotten a little brighter on Paris Rd., Broadway, and other areas throughout Mayfield. MEWS began replacing the HPS (High Pressure Sodium) streetlights with advanced new LED (light-emitting diode) street lights.

The crisp bright light makes the streets safer for citizens of Mayfield whether walking or driving, by decreasing the poorly lit areas between poles. The LED light projects a much cooler bright white light vs. dull yellow light provided by HPS.

On June 11, 1942, Mayfield Electric & Water Systems became a Distributor of TVA power and a Public Power Utility. At this time the average customer used 65 Kilowatt hours each month. Today, the MEWS average customer uses approximately 957 Kilowatt hours a month. In 1942, Mayfield Electric & Water Systems served 2,800 homes, and today serves over 5,800 electric customers. MEWS is constantly evolving to be a proactive utility that provides the services of electric, water, wastewater treatment & fiber to its customers. MEWS believes that a utility should be an innovator and leader in their community offering the most advanced & reliable technology, affordable utilities and the best possible customer service.

Throughout the last 75 years, the electric system has made remarkable changes in our lives. Electricity has brightened our homes/workspaces, revolutionized businesses, industries, schools and the entire community.
One of the many advancements MEWS has made is the installation of an AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructure) system in 2009. The new meters have many advantages and are designed to bring benefits to the consumers. Advanced Metering Infrastructures provide customers with innovative equipment that provides the customer with daily consumption monitoring, alarms for increased safety and reliability, more accurate meter readings, and the potential to save consumers money.

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 8, 2017 – Mayfield Electric & Water Systems has earned the American Public Power Association’s Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices in 2016. The utility earned the First-Place award in the category for utilities with 30,000 to 60,000 worker-hours of annual worker exposure. Rick Aguilar, Chair of the APPA Safety Committee and Director of Job Training and Safety at Kansas Municipal Utilities, presented the award on May 8, during the Association’s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference, held in San Antonio, Texas.

“When it comes to electric utility operations, safety is a top priority for everyone involved; from lineman to operator,” said Aguilar. “These utilities have embraced a culture of safety while serving their local communities and deserve to be recognized.”270 utilities entered the annual Safety Awards, which is among the highest number of entrants in the history of the program. Entrants were placed in categories according to their number of worker hours and ranked based on the most incident-free records during 2016. The incidence rate, used to judge entries, is based on the number of work-related reportable injuries or illnesses and the number of worker-hours during 2016, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

“MEWS takes a tremendous amount of pride in our safety record, our men and women have accomplished over 10 years and over 1,000,000 hours worked with zero lost time accidents,” said Brent Shultz, Customer Operations/Energy Services Manager of Mayfield Electric & Water Systems “When you are in the Utility business, sending our people home safe to their families is a top priority.”

The Safety Awards have been held annually for the last 58 years. The American Public Power Association is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 2,000 towns and cities nationwide.