Thirteen Cities Receive Water Grants

Citizens in 13 Kentucky cities will benefit from more than $1 million in Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA) grants announced this week.

“The City of Greenville is thankful for these funds to replace lead and copper lines for the safety of our water customers,” said Greenville Mayor and KLC Board Member Janice Yonts. “With a limited number of customers we have in our rural communities, these improvements are practically impossible without this help.”

The Greenville Utilities Commission received $187,437 to replace lead and copper service lines throughout its system.

KIA granted $501,902 to the City of Franklin to rehabilitate 125 manholes and replace waterlines.

“The City of Franklin is growing at a rapid pace, and the improvements to our water and wastewater system are vital to our community,” said Franklin Mayor and KLC Board Member Larry Dixon. “The funds from the Better Kentucky Plan will allow the City of Franklin to replace over 4,600 feet of water lines, which will ensure cleaner drinking water for a number of residents, commercial businesses, and restaurants.”

“I am proud to be a part of a system that works together to make our city and county stronger,” Madisonville Mayor and KLC Board Member Kevin Cotton said. “For the City of Madisonville, our mission is to elevate the quality of life for every citizen. Infrastructure projects like this will help us meet that mission.”

Other cities receiving grants this week include:

  • $187,437 to Central City Municipal Water and Sewer for water system improvements.
  • $200,000 to Dawson Springs City Water and Sewer for sanitary sewer system rehabilitation and wastewater treatment plant improvements.
  • $187,438 to the City of Drakesboro for water system improvements.
  • $110,000 to the City of Earlington for the South Atkinson Avenue Waterline Replacement Project.
  • $110,000 to the City of Hanson for line upgrades and valve installation.
  • $110,000 to the City of Mortons Gap for the White City Road waterline extension.
  • $160,000 to the Nebo Water District for pump station replacement, a supervisory control and data acquisition system replacement, and a new automated meter reading system.
  • $150,000 to the City of Nortonville for waterline replacements.
  • $187,438 to the City of Powderly to rehabilitate its lift station.
  • $110,000 to the City of White Plains for waterline and service replacements.

The 2021 General Assembly allocated $250 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds for KIA grants. Grant awardees must obligate the funds by December 31, 2024. The House and Senate included millions more in their proposed appropriations bills. Budget talks continue as legislators work toward an agreement on the new biennial budget.