The Green River Area Development District (GRADD) was awarded a 2016 National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Innovation Award for the McLean County Regional Water Plant. The NADO Innovation Award honors significant advances in community and economic development that help improve the quality of life for diverse communities. Esri and NADO are working together to promote innovation for regional governments across the country. More information regarding NADO and the 2016 Innovation Award winners can be found at NADO Innovation Awards 2016.
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. Currently under 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.
Bell Engineering worked with the City of Greensburg to develop a project to replace the existing 1.4 mgd conventional water treatment plant (WTP) with a new 2 mgd conventional WTP. The existing plant had reached the end of its useful life and renovation and expansion were not economically feasible. Also included is the replacement of the existing raw water intake and pumping facility and construction of new high service transmission piping to connect the new water treatment plant to the existing distribution system. Currently under construction, the project spotlight included below highlights the waterproofing admixture used to help protect the walls and slabs throughout the new water treatment plant.
The City of Somerset, Kentucky, held a groundbreaking ceremony April 17, 2014, to mark the beginning of the Midtown Sanitary Sewer Project. The City has experienced significant growth during the past 10 years. As a result, their sanitary sewer system is overloaded and experiences significant inflow and infiltration. This project will replace approximately 12,400 linear feet of undersized trunk sewer with 24- and 30-inch PVC and ductile iron pipe. These improvements will greatly increase the system capacity reducing sanitary sewer overflows.
The $3,000,000 project is funded through a $1,800,000 U.S. Economic Development Agency (EDA) grant as well as local funds. The event was attended by Somerset Mayor Eddie Girdler; City Council Members Jim Rutherford, Mike New, Tom Eastham, John Minton, Jimmy Eastham, and Jim Mitchell; Carrie Weise, City Attorney; Alex Godsey, City Engineer; Charles Dick, Somerset Wastewater Manager; Dana Whitis, Water and Wastewater Coordinator; Martin Johnson, Gary Epperson, and Charles Combs, Somerset Wastewater Department; and Eric Weddle, Weddle Construction.
The Red River Wastewater Authority held a groundbreaking ceremony June 15, 2012 to mark the beginning of the $13.1 million Red River Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility. The project includes the upgrade of the existing Stanton Wastewater Treatment Plant from 0.460 million gallons per day to 1.411 mgd. This new regional facility, serving the Cities of Stanton and Clay City, will eliminate the need for the existing Clay City Wastewater Treatment Plant which will be decommissioned upon project completion. The project also includes a new force main and pump station to direct flow from Clay City to the new facility.
The new Red River Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility is funded by 62.5% grant monies and includes funds from: KIA, CDBG, USDA RD, EDA, ARC and HUD Disaster Recovery. Dignitaries in attendance at the event included Governor Steve Beshear; Congressman Ben Chandler; Representative Richard Henderson; Tony Wilder, Commissioner of the Department for Local Government; Tom Fern, State Director of USDA Rural Development; Mayor Dale Allen, City of Stanton; Mayor James Caudill, City of Clay City and John Brewer, Chair of the RRWA.
The event was also attended by representatives from the various funding agencies, the Bluegrass Area Development District and other community members.
The City of Somerset, KY held a groundbreaking ceremony November 15, 2011 to mark the beginning of the $25 million Somerset Water Treatment Plant Expansion Project. The project which will increase treatment capacity from 10 million gallons per day (mgd) to 16 mgd utilizing a General Electric membrane filtration system.
The project is funded in part by a $20 million Rural Development grant and loan package and is currently the largest American Recovery Reinvestment Act (ARRA) water project in the United States. Dignitaries in attendance at the event included Mayor Eddie Girdler, City of Somerset; Judge Executive Barty Bullock, Pulaski County and Vernon Brown, Rural Utilities Service Program Director. The event was also attended by Somerset Councilmembers and other community and utility representatives, several representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Dale Wilson, Vice President of Judy Construction Company.