Water For People–Supporting a Good Cause

Water For People is an international nonprofit working across nine countries to bring safe water and sanitation to 4,000,000 people. They look to create long-lasting water and sanitation infrastructure and foster relationships with community members, governments, and business owners to accomplish that goal. Bell Engineering is proud to support Water For People‘s effort by again making a $1,000 donation to their cause. Kelly Gillespie, President of Bell Engineering, accepted a plaque recognizing our contribution for the year 2016. Bell has donated this money to the organization every year since 2011.

Additionally, Bell staff member Ron McMaine, Senior Vice President and Principal, also supports the organization through volunteer efforts. Mr. McMaine assists each year alongside other volunteers at the Water For People booth at the Kentucky-Tennessee Water Professionals Conference. During the conference, a silent auction of donated items takes place at the group’s booth to raise additional funds. This year these efforts raised an additional $2,400.

Receiving Water for People Award

MCRWC Receives Spirit of Kentucky Award

The McLean County Regional Water Commission (MCRWC) was presented the 2015 Spirit of Kentucky Award by Governor Steve Beshear and Department for Local Government (DLG) Commissioner Tony Wilder for the McLean County Regional Water Treatment Plant at the 40th Annual Governor’s Local Issues Conference held Thursday, August 27, 2015, at the Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Spirit of Kentucky Award is given annually to sponsors of a public project which demonstrates cost effective coordination of government resources among multiple government groups. The McLean County Regional Water Commission, created in 2012, includes the cities of Calhoun, Island, Livermore and Sacramento, Kentucky, along with the North McLean County Water District and the McLean County Fiscal Court.

With a goal of regionalizing the area’s water operations, the commission worked together to plan and secure funding for a new 2 mgd conventional water treatment plant. Recently bid and awaiting start of construction, the project, designed by Bell Engineering, also includes upgrades to the existing raw water intake and raw water pump station at Calhoun, new transmission mains to serve Sacramento and Livermore, and a new booster pumping station to serve the region.


Bell Engineering worked with the MCRWC and determined that a regional facility would be the most effective and efficient way to provide reliable and affordable water treatment and distribution to the area. Bell’s assistance, along with the cooperation of the local city and county governments, the local water district and state leadership, led to the project being awarded a $1,000,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), a $2,500,000 KIA loan, and $7,416,000 USDA Rural Development (RD) grant and loan.

Owingsville/CTI Foods Expansion Project

CTI Foods is investing more than $42 million in an initial expansion to its operations center in Owingsville, Kentucky, as part of a $58 million total expansion which will add nearly 200 full-time jobs at the facility. The expansion will affect the facility’s product line and requires the construction of a new equalization basin and pretreatment facility at the Bath County Industrial Park wastewater treatment facility located adjacent to the operations center.

The City of Owingsville, in partnership with CTI Foods, held a check presentation ceremony June 9, 2014, to accept a check from the US Economic Development Agency (EDA) in the amount of $1,250,000. Also included in the funding package is a $1,000,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and $650,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).

Dignitaries in attendance at the event included Tony Wilder, Department for Local Government Commissioner; Phil Paradise, US EDA Regional Director; Pam Farmer, US EDA Representative; Andy Barr, Congressman; Mayor Gary Hunt, City of Owingsville; Tony Walker, CTI Plant Manager; Gail Wright, Gateway ADD Executive Director; Jocelyn Gross, Gateway ADD Project Administrator; Steve Faudere, Water and Sewer Superintendent; Mellisa Hodge, Water and Sewer Secretary; Kathy Conway, Owingsville City Clerk; Doug Copher, Bath County Fiscal Court Treasurer as well as representatives from the Bath County Industrial Board and other community members.

Installation of a Million Feet of Water Line

The Letcher County Water and Sewer District along with the Letcher County Fiscal Court celebrated the installation of their millionth linear foot of water line on November 12, 2013. The event took place at the Letcher County Recreation Center and Bell Engineering was pleased to present plaques to both the District and the County for their continued efforts to provide quality water service to the citizens of Letcher County.

Dignitaries in attendance at the event included Senator Johnny Ray Turner; Judge Executive Jim Ward; Bob Scott, Division of Abandoned Mine Lands Director; Mark Meade, Division of Abandoned Mine Lands Assistant Director; Barry Turner, USDA Rural Development Area Director; Greg Pridemore, USDA Rural Development; Bernard Watts, Letcher County Water & Sewer District Chairman; Richard Carter, Letcher County Water and Sewer District Commissioner; Mark Lewis, Letcher County Water and Sewer District General Manager; Magistrate Keith Adams; Magistrate Bobby Howard; Kim Padgett, Rural Community Assistance Program State Director, Mike Miller, Kentucky River Area Development District Executive Director and other community, District and County representatives.

Presentation for the installation of a million feet of water line

Greensburg WTP Receives USDA Funding

The City of Greensburg held a check presentation ceremony October 24, 2012 to accept a check from USDA Rural Development in the amount of $3,738,000 for the Greensburg Water Treatment Plant Project. The project includes design and construction of a new 2 mgd conventional water treatment plant to replace the old plant which has reached the end of its useful life. The existing raw water intake and pumping facility will also be replaced and a new high service transmission main will connect the new plant to the existing distribution system. The project is being designed to allow for future expansion of both the plant and the intake facilities.


Dignitaries in attendance at the event included Mayor Lisle Cheatham, City of Greensburg; Tom Fern, Rural Development State Director and Vernon Brown, Rural Utilities Service Program Director. The event was also attended by Greensburg Councilmembers and Board Members from the Green-Taylor Water District.