One Water Initiative

The One Water Initiative seeks to combine or consolidate certain back-office, administrative and support services for cost-savings and revenue opportunities. One Water allows MSD and Louisville Water to be better stewards of their rates.

Louisville MSD and Louisville Water have come together under an interlocal agreement, a contract that allows both organizations to share building space, equipment, facilities, etc. For instance, One Water IT purchases software for both organizations to get lower prices. Louisville Water and MSD have also found savings with joint purchases in other areas of the organization and sharing resources for the Customer Call Centers. Both organizations also now share contract for parts and supplies. 

The interlocal agreement also establishes a One Water Board comprised of two representatives from MSD, two from Louisville Water and one from the mayor’s office. This One Water Board serves as the governing body for the One Water Initiative.


Ellen Hesen, Chief of Staff for Louisville Metro Mayor Greg Fischer, Chair

Creighton Mershon, Board of Water Works, Vice Chair

Joyce Horton Mott, Louisville MSD Board

JT Sims, Louisville MSD Board

Craig Willman, Board of Water Works


MSD and Louisville Water continue to remain separate entities.