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Louisville Water Company on State Priority List for Economic Stimulus Funding

Tuesday May 5, 2009

Louisville Water Company (LWC) is in line to receive $4 million in funding as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama. The Kentucky Infrastructure Authority announced the list of projects on Friday, May 1, as part of a $67 million grant and loan program for upgrading water and sewer infrastructure across the state.

LWC proposes to use the funds to construct a 36-inch transmission main along I-64 from the Gene Snyder Freeway (I-265) to the Jefferson/Shelby County line. This pipeline will provide additional water supply to eastern Jefferson County, an area that has seen rapid residential and commercial growth over the past 15 years.

The project also includes a new pump station and storage tank to improve water pressure for the Copperfield, Lake Forest, Eastwood and Long Run areas in Jefferson County.

The total project budget is $20.5 million and will create an estimated 164 jobs to build the transmission main, pump station and storage tank. LWC has received bids for the transmission main and will award a $7 million contract to Reynolds, Inc. The pump station and storage tank are under design by CDM Engineers, and will be bid this summer. Work is expected to begin on the pipeline in July and be complete in the summer of 2010.

“LWC is grateful for the opportunity to apply for the stimulus funding,” said LWC President Greg Heitzman. “This project not only creates new construction jobs but improves water service for our retail customers and provides additional water supply for Shelby and Franklin Counties.”

For more information contact Kelley Dearing Smith, Louisville Water Company, 569-3695 or 533-5052.