Somerset ACEC Award

The City of Somerset, Kentucky, and Bell Engineering were presented an Engineering Excellence Grand Award by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Kentucky for the City of Somerset Water Treatment Plant at the ACEC-KY reception held Wednesday, March 29, 2017 in Frankfort, Kentucky.

Bell Engineering and the City of Somerset began developing the project in 2005. At that time, the City had a variety of issues with the existing water treatment system. Rapid growth in the area meant the plant was quickly approaching its 10 mgd rated capacity. The City had also received a request to change its operational mode from a combination conventional/superpulsator to one treatment type. Finally, proposed regulations were going to impact Somerset’s ability to remain in compliance with the KYDOW.

Bell completed a feasibility study that projected demands through 2040 and determined a 16 mgd membrane filtration treatment plant with improvements at the existing site was the best solution. Membrane filtration offers a small footprint allowing the existing site to be utilized while also creating an absolute barrier to microbial contaminants. Bell worked with local and state representatives to secure funding including a $20,000,000 Rural Development (RD) Grant/Loan package making it the largest ARRA funded water project in the U.S. While Somerset is ineligible for RD funding, Bell determined that 80% of their process water is sold to customers outside the City limits, all of which are eligible to receive RD funds. This lowered the rate increase required to support the project, which was the first since 1993.

Construction of the project was difficult due to tight site conditions and Karst features including a large sinkhole. Site remediation was required to shore the foundation and ultimately the team was able to complete the new structures and re-purpose several existing structures while maintaining full treatment capacity. Finally, construction of the project began on the heels of the recession. This allowed the project not only to impact the water quantity/quality in the region, but also provided a substantial financial boost to the citizens of Somerset and Pulaski County.
Receiving Engineering Excellence Award from ACEC

Groundbreaking for New Water Treatment Plant in McLean County

The McLean County Regional Water Commission held a groundbreaking ceremony October 29, 2015, to mark the beginning of the McLean County Regional Water Treatment Plant. The project includes a new 2 million gallon per day (mgd) conventional water treatment plant along with 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. The McLean County Regional Water Commission, created in 2012, includes the cities of Calhoun, Island, Livermore, and Sacramento along with the North McLean County Water District and the McLean County Fiscal Court.

The project is fully funded through a $1,000,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), a $7,416,000 USDA Rural Development (RD) grant and loan package, and a $1,600,000 loan from Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA). Dignitaries in attendance at the event included Joe Bowen, State Senator; Jim Gooch, State Representative; Jerry Cloyd, USDA RD Area Director; McLean County Judge Executive Kelly Thurman; Mayor Betty Howard, City of Sacramento; Mayor David Abrams, City of Calhoun; Former Mayor Sonny Renfrow, City of Livermore; Mayor Charlie Strole, City of Island; Ronnie Dame, McLean County Regional Water Commission; and Jiten Shah, Green River Area Development District (GRADD) Executive Director. The event was also attended by representatives from the McLean County Regional Water Commission, McLean County Fiscal Court, North McLean Water District, GRADD, city council and other community members and Brian Bohrnstedt, CFO of Peyronnin Construction Company Inc.

McLean County New WTP Groundbreaking

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.

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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.

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