Water-Purchase Agreement Finalized with Hardin County Water District No. 2
Tuesday May 14, 2013
A water-purchase agreement will help secure the needs of a growing part of Hardin County for the next 50 years. Beginning in 2016, Hardin County Water District No. 2 (District) will purchase a supplemental supply of drinking water from Louisville Water Company to coincide with expected growth in the area.
The District serves a large part of Hardin County and wholesales water to the City of Elizabethtown. The District also provides water on a supplemental basis to utilities including the City of Hodgenville and Larue, Edmonson and Grayson County Water Districts. The Hardin County area has seen rapid growth in the past several years, creating an expected need for additional capacity. Initially, the District will purchase a minimum of 60 million gallons of water a year from Louisville Water in 2016 and will increase to 365 million gallons by 2021.
Both Louisville Water and the District will make investments in the partnership. To make the connection to Louisville Water, the District will construct up to 11 miles of a 24-inch diameter water main from its existing system in Elizabethtown to the Hardin-Bullitt County line. This addition will also require a pumping station to balance the flow and pressure within the water main. The District has received an $8 million grant from the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development and a $500,000 grant from the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority to cover part of the $12.5 million cost.
Louisville Water will install four miles of water main and a pumping station to provide the additional water. Estimated at $5.8 million, the investment will also help Louisville Water improve its service to existing customers in Bullitt County. “This is an important partnership for Louisville Water that not only provides a new customer but gives us the opportunity to make additional investments in communities we already serve,” said Jim Brammell, Chief Engineer and Vice President at Louisville Water. “Louisville Water has an abundant source with the Ohio River and the ability to provide the additional water. We are excited to work with Hardin County Water District No. 2.”
The agreement caps more than a year of negotiations and water quality studies between the two utilities in trying to determine the best long-term water solution for the region. “There are only two water companies in Kentucky that have ever won the American Water Works Association “best tasting water” title: the District and Louisville Water Company,” said James Jeffries, General Manager of the District. “This connection will ensure the growth of Hardin County for decades to come while maintaining the highest water quality standards that our customers expect.”
Construction is expected to be underway by the end of 2013 with the District purchasing water from Louisville Water in January 2016.
While the additional capacity is important for the District’s residential customers, the supply will also be available for potential customers of the Hughes Industrial Park in Elizabethtown and the Glendale Mega Site. This site is one of only seven certified mega sites nationwide, which promises a huge growth potential for Hardin County and surrounding areas. Development at this site could have an immediate impact on water demand for Hardin County Water District No. 2.