The McLean County Regional Water Commission (MCRWC) was presented with the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority’s (KIA) 2018 H20 Award by KIA Executive Director Donna McNeil for the McLean County Regional Water Treatment Plant at the 43rd Annual Governor’s Local Issues Conference held Thursday, August 16, 2018, at the Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky.
The H20 Award is given annually to sponsors of a public project which demonstrates cost effective coordination of government resources among multiple government groups to improve services to customers. 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.
The McLean County Regional Water Commission (MCRWC), 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 to plan and secure funding for a new 2 mgd conventional water treatment plant. Recently finished, the project, designed by Bell Engineering, included 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.