FRANKFORT, KY (July 31, 2018) – The Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA) Board has voted to increase a previously approved loan to the City of Campbellsville. The increase is in the amount of $1,377,000 and is applied to a loan approved on June 1, 2017.
The increase will help fund improvements to the city’s existing water treatment plant, as well as the urban area of the distribution center. The approved loan increase will allow the city to construct a storage garage and complete additional work required for the improvements, since bids are coming in higher than expected.
Improvements to the water treatment plant will include clarifier rehabilitation, filter control console replacements, pipe gallery valve replacements, raw water meter vault improvements, pre-filter chlorination upgrade and upgrade of two existing high-service pumps. The project is expected to cost $8.3 million.
“In the past, Campbellsville’s water system has suffered from corroded pipes and other aging infrastructure that proved difficult to repair and maintain,” said Department for Local Government Commissioner Sandra Dunahoo, who also serves as chair of the KIA Board. “These system-wide improvements will lead to more reliable and more efficient service for more than 9,500 customers.”
Among its functions, KIA provides low-interest loans to public utilities for projects having to do with storm water control treatment systems, solid waste management systems and other infrastructure vital to public health.
“Across the country, counties and cities are trying to figure out how best to deal with water and wastewater infrastructure that is nearing the end of its useful life,” KIA Executive Director Donna McNeil said. “KIA’s low-interest loan programs make it possible for public utilities in the Commonwealth to make substantial upgrades to aging infrastructure while minimizing ratepayer impact.”
“Having access to a system that efficiently removes contaminants from wastewater is vital for public health,” Sen. Max Wise said. “I’m pleased that the KIA Board has decided to support a project that will ultimately make Campbellsville a safer place to live.”
“I’d like to thank Commissioner Dunahoo, members of the KIA Board and Executive Director McNeil for their assistance as Campbellsville officials work to improve their public utility,” Rep. Bam Carney said. “I look forward to seeing this project positively impact the lives of citizens.”