KENTUCKY – More than $8 million in funding for water, sewer and other infrastructure improvements will soon be flowing to several counties in Kentucky as part of Gov. Andy Beshear’s Cleaner Water Program.
What do you want to know
- Millions of dollars in additional funding was recently announced to improve water and sewer infrastructure in Kentucky
- Kentucky’s water infrastructure received C grades in 2019 from the American Society of Civil Engineers
- More than $5.6 million would target Allen, Barren, Clinton, Cumberland, Hart, Metcalfe, Monroe, Russell and Wayne counties to provide cleaner drinking water and improved sewage and wastewater systems
- Officials estimate the cleaner water program will create more than 3,800 jobs in Kentucky
Beshear recently announced that more than $5.6 million will target Allen, Barren, Clinton, Cumberland, Hart, Metcalfe, Monroe, Russell and Wayne counties to provide cleaner drinking water and improved sewage and sanitation systems. improved wastewater. An additional $2.5 million will help Boyle, Mercer and Washington counties with their water infrastructure.
“Working together, we are building a better Kentucky with improved, resilient infrastructure that supports our residents and meets the needs of our growing economy,” Beshear said in a press release. “Every Kentuckian has the right to expect access to safe drinking water.”
The expansive funding comes from the Better Kentucky Plan’s $250 million Cleaner Water Program, which uses funds from the American Rescue Plan Act passed by Congress.
Officials estimate the cleaner water program will create more than 3,800 jobs in Kentucky.
More than $1.6 million will be provided to the Glasgow Water and Sewer Commission to advance a project to build a transmission line between the Barren River Lake water treatment plant and the site of a proposed water reservoir on the west side of town. State Rep. Steve Riley, who represents Barren and parts of Warren County, said the program will help his constituents live better, safer lives.
“With improvements to water systems, we are ensuring that Kentuckians have access to safe drinking water,” Riley said recently. “I am proud to support these improvements which will directly impact lives across the Commonwealth.”
In Monticello, $746,751 will fund a large project that will include a new pumping station in Powersburg. The City of Scottsville will use $679,000 to install new sewer infrastructure to service the new 100-acre Allen Springs Industrial Park.
In Boyle County, $1,103,985 was awarded to the Mercer County Sanitation District to improve protection of the health and water quality of Lake Herrington, which supplies water to four neighboring counties.
You can learn more about each cleaner water program award here.
More than $106 million has been awarded to recipients to fund projects since the call was announced on June 1, 2021. Eligible government agencies, such as city-owned water or sewer utilities, water commissions, water and sewer districts and counties, worked with their local area Development districts and regional water boards to submit projects for sanitation program funding some water.
There are 713 water and wastewater utilities in Kentucky. The state earned a C+ for its drinking water and a C- for its wastewater, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2019 Infrastructure Report Card.