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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Friday April 17, 2009

On February 17, 2009 President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, commonly referred to as the “stimulus bill”. This $787 billion bill includes $6 billion in funding for water and sewer projects across the country administered through the US EPA’s State Revolving Fund program (http://www.epa.gov/recovery).

Kentucky’s allocation is approximately $50 million for
eligible sewer projects and $20 million for eligible drinking water projects. The funding will be administered through the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (www.kia.ky.gov) with 50 percent of the funding provided in the form of grants and the balance as low interest loans.

Louisville Water Company and Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) have identified over $200 million of water and sewer projects that meet the “ready-to-go” criteria of the “stimulus bill”. With only $70 million available to Kentucky, Mayor Abramson created a Water and Flood Protection Team to identify the top priorities of the Community. The team includes representatives from Metro Louisville, Metro Council, Louisville Water Company, Louisville MSD, Homebuilders Association of Louisville, Louisville Fire Department and Metro Parks.  The Water and Flood Protection Team has identified the top priority water, sewer and flood protection projects, including: the I-64 Transmission and Pump Station project estimated at $20.5 million; the Prospect Area Wastewater Treatment Plant project estimated at $38.0 million; and the Western Flood Pump Station project estimated at $35.0 million.  These three projects will create an estimated 789 jobs for the Louisville community.