Nineteen More Cities Receive Water Grants

The Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA) announced the latest round of Cleaner Water Program grant recipients this week and 19 cities made the list. The cities of Barlow, Campbellsville, Carlisle, Columbus, Elizabethtown, Fredonia, Fulton, Hazel, Hickman, Hopkinsville, Kevil, La Center, Murray, Oak Grove, Paris, Princeton, Vine Grove, West Point, and Wickliffe will receive money for important projects.

This week’s recipients include:

  • $72,424 to the City of Barlow to improve various components of the existing wastewater treatment plant.
  • $804,197 to the City of Campbellsville to upgrade aging water treatment plant equipment, including filters and sedimentation machinery, which will improve the quality and supply of water provided to customers.
  • $93,435 to the City of Carlisle for improvements to the area’s water intake system and pump station that will increase the reliability of the city’s water source and support maintenance of the system. The city also will invest an additional $93,435 to replace approximately 1,750 feet of unlined cast-iron water main with new pipe to reduce maintenance, water loss, and hazards associated with periodic main line breaks.
  • $160,860 to the City of Columbus for repairs to the water treatment plant.
  • $756,400 for the City of Elizabethtown to upgrade the city’s sewer lines along U.S. Highway 62/Leitchfield Road and along South Ring Road to Valle Creek. The city will also develop a master plan to determine the short- and long-term impacts of the area’s growth on the sewer and wastewater treatment system. This master plan will help determine the best alternatives for improvements.
  • $28,147 to the City of Fredonia to install valves along the water line from the interconnection with Eddyville to Fredonia to isolate leaks.
  • $109,609 to the City of Fulton to replace a sewer lift station to avoid sewer backup in residential homes.
  • The City of Hazel will benefit from $200,000 to South 641 Water District to prevent collapsed water lines.
  • $109,609 to the City of Hickman to replace the pump station that serves Brownsville.
  • $1,185,370 to the City of Hopkinsville to replace water meters, rehabilitate sewer manholes, and construct a new pumping station.
  • $72,424 to the City of Kevil for improvements to the existing wastewater system.
  • $72,424 to the City of La Center for replacing cement waterlines and replacing customer water meters.
  • $932,352 to the City of Murray to relocate the 4th Street water main.
  • $268,835 to the City of Oak Grove to replace 150 commercial meters.
  • $726,735 to the City of Paris to extend the sanitary sewer system along Millersburg Road, which will serve approximately 300 acres of land designated for park use. The project includes a pump station and main line to transport wastewater from the park area to the existing Paris wastewater collection system.
  • $220,000 to the Princeton Water and Wastewater Commission for improvements at the wastewater treatment plant.
  • $117,900 to the City of Vine Grove to upgrade the wastewater treatment plant to support the city’s growing residential population. The city will receive another $39,607 to upgrade aging sewer lines to benefit future demands and $146,141 for sewer line improvements.
  • $48,000 to the City of West Point to upgrade the south-end lift station to provide adequate sewer service to a growing residential area.
  • $72,423 to the City of Wickliffe for expansion of water lines to support industrial expansion.

Fulton Mayor and KLC Executive Board Member David Prater Jr. attended a grant presentation with Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman on Thursday. “On behalf of the City of Fulton, I’d like thank the Lieutenant Governor and her office for coming to the City of Fulton and presenting us with the check to help with the renovation and upgrade of a couple of our lift stations,” he said.

Columbus Mayor Kay Ferguson voiced appreciation for her city’s award. “The City of Columbus is excited and grateful to receive this assistance to improve the water service in our small town. We will be able to move ahead with plans that will help us make our community a better place. Water is vital to the life of human beings, and it is vital for communities to continue to sustain our city family as we grow,” said Ferguson.

During the 2021 session, the General Assembly allocated $250 million of the state’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to local water projects. All grant awardees must obligate the funds by December 31, 2024.