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Three rural Kentucky water, wastewater projects to see $8.39m from USDA

Christian Fernsby |
U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Kentucky State Director Hilda Legg today announced the USDA is investing over $8.39 million in three water and wastewater projects across rural Kentucky.

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“Water and wastewater projects may not be the most glamorous,” said Legg, “but they are obviously critical to quality of life and economic development in rural communities. Rural residents need jobs, and rural communities need a strong economic base. We at Rural Development stand ready to partner to make good things happen in rural Kentucky.”

This $4.3 million dollar investment comprises two projects.

A $3 million loan will be used to increase the capacity of the water treatment plant and upgrade components to meet the expected increased demand from the Novelis automotive aluminum sheet manufacturing facility in Springfield, Tennessee, and a $1.3 million loan will be used to construct approximately two miles of waterline to upgrade and replace older lines along Kentucky Highway 181.

Logan-Todd Regional Water Commission provides water for approximately 14,000 customers in its regional capacity serving 13 communities and utilities.

This $4.093 million Rural Development investment ($3.21 million loan/$883,000 grant) will be used to complete the expansion of the existing wastewater treatment plant capacity to 1.3 million gallons per day, replace outdated processes and equipment and repurpose some existing structures.

These improvements will provide a safe and sanitary means of waste disposal for existing customers in Washington County.

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