Environmental Protection

$4.17 M in Stimulus to Improve Louisville, Ky., Water Service

During a March 29 ceremony at the Louisville Water Company, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency joined the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA) to recognize a project funded with $4,173,200 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding.

The Louisville Water Company received a loan through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund for the I-64 pipeline project, which is part of a larger effort to provide improved regional water service.

Acting EPA Regional Administrator Stan Meiburg said: “The I-64 pipeline project will fund much-needed improvements in water service for Louisville Water Company customers and expand service to Eastern Jefferson County, Shelby County and Frankfort, providing environmental benefits and creating green jobs.”

The Louisville Water Company serves approximately 270,220 customers in Jefferson, Oldham and Bullitt counties whose areas have a combined population of 801,018. The project involves the construction of 5.4 miles of 36-inch steel transmission pipeline along I-64, a booster pump station capable of pumping 20 million gallons per day (mgd) and a storage tank with a capacity of 1 mgd. This project will improve water service (pressure and fire flow) to existing customers and provide critical water supplies to Eastern Jefferson County for emergencies, droughts and to serve rapid growth in the area. The project will also provide a supplemental finished water source for Shelby County and Frankfort from Louisville Water Company's 35 mgd of excess capacity, which may eliminate or defer the need to expand treatment facilities in those areas.

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