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.
To pay back the loan, there will be a rate increase from $17.22 to $19.38 per month for the first 2,000 gallons used for the water district’s 5,100 customers, an increase that will likely start in July, Goins said.
The first phase, which will likely begin this October, 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.
“This project is so overdue,” said Goins.
A contractor hasn’t been selected yet, but the district will likely start advertising for bids on it late this month or early in April, Goins said, adding that the entire project will probably take about 18 months.
The general manager said 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 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 insisted that carrying capacity to the plant won’t suffer.
The biggest challenge of the project will likely be to “keep the water going,” Goins said. “There might be times where the (water) pressure might be low, but the end result will be good.”
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.
The second phase involves the installation of a new 16-inch ductile water main from the water treatment plant to the bottom of Pete Light Hill on U.S. 68, and construction will begin at the discretion of the contractor, Goins said.
The general manager said that the second phase will include the installation of a 20,569-foot 16-inch ductile iron pipe, the installation of a pressure reducing station and the demolition of the old Pete Light booster pumping station.
The first phase will cost $6 million and the second phase will cost $1.5 million, including administrative fees and interest, said Goins.