POSTED: 5:38 pm EST March 5, 2010UPDATED: 7:12 pm EST March 5, 2010
OLDHAM COUNTY, Ky. -- A water system improvement project in Oldham County is just beginning, but it's the end result the project's planners have their eyes on.
The work was designed to meet the county's needs in the present and future.
"It's without a doubt the biggest expansion that the water district has ever had," Water District Board of Commissioners member Mel Milburn said.
It's a $15.4 million project that's taken five years to plan.
Now, the Oldham County Water District is putting it in motion and finally breaking ground on the major water systems improvement.
"We have a 36 inch water main coming up from Westport, which is where our wells are, to the top of the hill, which is a big deal. It's several hundred feet to get up there and then that supply ties in and supplies the rest of our system. It will over double our current capacity," said Milburn.
In addition, two new wells are going in and the treatment plant is being expanded to more than double its size and capacity.
The water district has struggled to meet demand in the past.
"Growth in Oldham County started 20 years ago and the water district at that time was primarily a rural water district, so we've been playing catch up for a long time," Milburn said.
The organizers behind the project said there are plans in the works for further development and expansion in the form of a phase two that they hope to begin when phase one is completed.
"One of the major things in the next phase, phase two, is to get a larger water supply there to supply the demand for commercial development," Milburn said.
With $13.2 million of the project's funding coming from a rural development loan made available by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the state director for rural development said it's exactly the kind of project that will help the country and Oldham County thrive in the future.
Kentucky tobacco grants funded $2.2 million of the project.
The project's planners expect phase one of the water system's improvement to be completed in about 14 months.
DISTRICT IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS System growth and improvements to meet your water needs!!
The Oldham County Water District (OCWD) is reviewing with our engineering partners upgrades and improvements throughout the water district. These improvements will include expansion of the water treatment plant, building new tanks and laying new water lines. These designed improvements will compliment our existing infrastructure and allow OCWD to keep pace with the growing demand of the area we serve. Our commissioners and OCWD management are working to have the engineer's recommendations fine tuned to best fit the community's needs and begin these improvements as soon as possible. It is the goal of these projects to improve OCWD capacity and service to our customers.
Our 20-year plan is now available in PDF form through the following links: