Lexington, KY, Feb 13, 2012 -- Rural Development State Director Tom Fern is in Boyle County today to announce $725,000 in USDA funding to upgrade the water system in Parksville and increase its capacity to serve new customers. Fern will be joined by U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler (6th) and Boyle County Judge-Executive Harold McKinney for a ceremonial check presentation at the Parksville Water District Office on Lebanon Road.
Rural Development has approved a loan of $508,000 and a grant for $217,000 for the water district to replace aged and failing sections of main water lines and install new lines so unserved customers can be added to the system.
“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 Boyle County have worked in concert to make this project a reality, ensuring that these communities can provide adequate water service to residents and businesses while also planning for future needs and enhancing opportunities for economic development.”
The project includes the upgrade of water lines between Mitchellsburg and US 68 to reduce hydraulic bottlenecking; the installation of a new 6-inch water line to replace lines that are currently undersized; an upgrade to waterlines on Worldstown Spur Road, which will reduce water loss and maintenance expenses; and the installation of a new waterline on the north side of KY 37 to replace one that was damaged.
Other project improvements include a hydraulic study to model all existing features of the water district and determine optimum pump operation cycles and water level elevations in the storage tanks. A new supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system also will be installed to replace one that was damaged during the ice storm of February 2009.
Rural Development’s Water and Environmental Programs (WEP) provide loans, grants and loan guarantees for drinking water, sanitary sewer, solid waste and storm drainage facilities in rural areas and cities and towns of 10,000 or less. Public bodies and non-profit organizations may qualify for assistance. Rural Development also makes grants to nonprofit organizations to provide technical assistance and training to assist rural communities with their water, wastewater, and solid waste problems. For more information, go to http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/UWEP_HomePage.html.
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