Lexington, KY, Nov 28, 2011 -- Rural Development State Director Tom Fern was in Stanton today to announce more than $6.3 million in funding to establish a new regional wastewater system for the cities of Stanton and Clay City. Fern was joined by U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler (6th), Powell County Judge-Executive James Anderson Jr., Stanton Mayor Dale Allen and Clay City Mayor James Caudill.
The total cost of the project is estimated at $11.9 and includes additional grant funding from the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority ($500,000), Appalachian Regional Commission ($600,000), Community Development Block Grant ($2 million) and the Economic Development Administration ($2.5 million).
“Rural Development’s support for infrastructure projects reflects our commitment to ensuring rural communities can create jobs, attract businesses and provide essential services to their residents,” said Fern. “The local, state and federal officials representing this area have worked together in concert to make this project a reality, ensuring that these communities can provide adequate wastewater service to residents and businesses while also planning for future needs and enhancing opportunities for economic development.”
Improvements at the new treatment plant include increasing capacity from 460,000 gallons per day to more than 1.4 million gallons per day; upgrading the existing pump station; construction of a building to house administration/laboratory/electrical services. It also includes installation of a major sewage pumping station at Clay City that will convey collected wastewaters to the expanded Stanton treatment plant.
This project was necessary as the cities of Stanton and Clay City have existing wastewater treatment plants that are operating under enforcement actions from the Kentucky Environmental and Public Protection (EPP) Cabinet. Both plants have wastewater flows that exceed rated treatment capacity. Rather than continue operating two treatment plants, the decision was made to expand and upgrade the Stanton facility to serve both areas and decommission the plant in Clay City.
The enforcement actions have made it nearly impossible for local leaders to bring new employers into the county as the existing sewer infrastructure will not support growth or additional sewage flow. Combining the two systems will eliminate existing problems and make the operations more efficient, cost-effective and allow for economic growth and increase the potential for jobs creation.
Once the project is complete, the treatment plan can eliminate current enforcement actions and improve its wastewater service for its 1,500 residential customers and 219 commercial customers.
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