DOD Awards Contract to Operate Ft Knox Water System
Monday October 3, 2011
The Department of Defense, through the Defense Logistics Agency / Energy (DLA Energy) has accepted a proposal from Hardin County Water District No. 1 (HCWD1) to assume ownership of the Fort Knox water system. HCWD 1 will operate the system with Louisville Water as a partner. The agreement was signed September 30 and includes a four month transition period.
Under the agreement, HCWD1 will operate and maintain the distribution systems and will contract with Louisville Water to operate Fort Knox’s two water treatment plants, both of which are located on the military post. Employees of the Fort Knox water system will transition to positions at HCWD 1 and Louisville Water.
“We are excited about this opportunity to partner with Louisville Water in meeting the water supply needs of Fort Knox,” said Hardin County Judge Executive, Harry L. Berry. “The collaborative effort with HCWD1 and Louisville Water to improve, maintain and operate Fort Knox’s water system in a cost efficient manner will allow the military to focus on its core missions while utilizing civilian expertise to provide utility services.”
The announcement culminates a more than three-year effort by HCWD1 and Louisville Water in response to a request for proposals from the Department of Defense in 2007. The Fort Knox water system includes two pre-World War II era water treatment plants, 154 miles of water main, elevated storage tanks, fire hydrants and pumping stations.
Currently, the system serves approximately 40,000 people living and working on the military base. The treatment plants produce two million gallons of drinking water daily. The U.S. Government will retain ownership of the Fort Knox water sources which include a well field in Westpoint and the McCracken Spring.
“We look forward to assisting HCWD1 in providing a reliable, abundant supply of safe drinking water to the growing Fort Knox and Hardin County area,” said Greg Heitzman, President and CEO of Louisville Water. “We have developed a strong partnership with HCWD1 that will serve this region for decades to come.”
The partnership also includes over $28 million in system improvements for the Fort Knox system that will be funded under the agreement with the Department of Defense. The operating costs of the Fort Knox system will have no impact on water rates for customers of HCWD1 and Louisville Water.