Louisville Water and Lebanon Junction Extend Partnership
Wednesday December 4, 2013
The city of Lebanon Junction and Louisville Water are extending their wholesale water agreement, allowing Lebanon Junction to purchase all of its water from Louisville Water. Louisville Water President Jim Brammell and Lebanon Junction Mayor Butch Sweat formally signed an amended contract Wednesday afternoon.
Lebanon Junction has been a wholesale customer for Louisville Water since 2000, purchasing an average of 30 million gallons of water annually and then securing the remainder of its water supply from the city of Bardstown. Under the amended wholesale agreement, Lebanon Junction will get 100% of its water from Louisville Water, around 60 million gallons annually. The agreement secures the water needs for the next 40 years. “This partnership with Louisville Water allows us to have a reliable, high-quality supply of water,” said Lebanon Junction Mayor Butch Sweat. “Louisville Water’s ability to provide us with an abundant supply gives us the capacity to attract new business.”
Meeting the increased need will require a small investment. Louisville Water will install a small section of 6- and 8-inch water main and a new master meter at a cost of approximately $188,000 and will also pay Lebanon Junction $100,000. “Lebanon Junction has been a great partner of Louisville Water for nearly 13 years,” said Jim Brammell, Louisville Water President and CEO. “We are pleased to be able to supply all of the water for this growing section of Bullitt County.” Revenue from the Lebanon Junction wholesale agreement will increase to $120,000 in 2014.
Lebanon Junction has 800 service connections including residential and commercial customers like Publishers Printing and Jim Beam Boston Road Distillery. Louisville Water expects to have the water main improvements complete by early February. Mayor Sweat says the Louisville Water improvements will also allow Lebanon Junction to improve water pressure and install additional fire hydrants.