Over roughly the past couple of weeks, contractors have been using 30 semitrailer trucks to bring in about 20,000 feet – almost 4 miles – of 16-inch pipe, and now that the pipe is all here, the contractors only need to start digging and putting it in, Goins.
The rain, however, might cause some delays, Goins said, although he added that he’s still glad that the area is getting some much-needed rain.
The current 8-inch and 12-inch water lines, which connect Lake Barkley to the plant, will be replaced with a 16-inch ductile iron raw water line, said Goins, who also said that the pipes will all have to be installed by April next year.
The general manager stated that contractors will also refurbish the raw water intake and will install three new raw water pumps, each with 50 horsepower, and a new 600,000-gallon concrete clearwell, or underground storage tank, will be installed and will compliment the existing 250,000-gallon tank.
The other phase involves upgrades and renovations to the Lake Barkley Water Treatment Plant, including an increase of the plant capacity from 2 million gallons to 4 million gallons per day, Goins said.
Other renovations include two new 32,000-gallon flocculation basins, which will help bring the clear clean water to the top, and a new rapid mix, which will the stir the water, said Goins.
Also included are a new 87,000-gallon sedimentation basin, a new chemical storage and feed facility, a new high service pump building with three new 250-horsepower pumps, a new water analysis laboratory and renovation of four water filters, Goins said.
To pay for both phases of the project, the district is taking out a $5,439,000 rural development loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), as well as a $1,354,700 USDA rural development grant, a $1 million Kentucky infrastructure grant and a $240,600 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant, said Goins.