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By JEFF MOORE
More than 1,600 water customers in Carroll and Owen counties will see improvements to their water systems with a $1.65 million combination federal loan and grant award to Carroll County Water District No. 1.
During a press conference Friday in the old courtroom at the Carroll County Courthouse, United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development state director Kenneth Slone announced the $1.246 million loan and $410,000 grant for the project. The water district is also contributing $100,000 toward the construction.
Jim Smith, manager of Carroll County Water District No. 1, said that many of the lines that will be replaced have been around since its inception in 1964.
One of the lines set to be replaced now serves a population that has grown some 20-times since it was installed, Smith explained.
Slone said the project will replace seven miles of waterline that serves 850 customers in Carroll County and 804 in Owen County. Also included in the project is installation of a new 70 gallon per minute booster pumping station, a 300,000 gallon ground water storage tank, telemetry and other related items.
“It’s a good day. We have water falling from the sky finally … But we also want good, safe, sanitary drinking water running through these pipes,” Slone added.
Smith said these improvements will handle the load that exists and prepares the water district for growth ahead for many more years.
“We have other pipelines that are being stretched at this point. This project takes care of everyone of those in our system that is even close,” he said.
“It will add storage that will guarantee a smooth and consistent pressure on a very important part of our system out here on Hwy. 227,” Smith explained, noting it will provide a full day’s storage of water to serve that area. Currently, he said a pressure control valve is used to maintain the proper pressure for the Hwy. 227 area.
“It also boosts our capability of moving water south toward the Gratz and Owenton area because we have a lot of customers in Owen County now,” Smith said.
Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson said it is amazing how far the Carroll County Water District has come since the early 1980s, recalling his days as a magistrate when he first started attending the meetings.
“We’ve come a long way,” Tomlinson noted.
Slone noted that his agency last assisted Carroll County through funding for the Carroll County Public Library.
In the past year, he said USDA Rural Development has funded $4.84 million in projects around Kentucky.