Barkley water project on schedule
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Jan 05, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Work on the Lake Barkley Water District’s expansion project is going according to schedule, said Lake Barkley Water District Manager Terry Goins.

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 18. He added that most of the ductile pipe should be installed by February.

That work is currently at least 80 percent finished, and will almost assuredly be complete by the due date, said Goins. He said that expansion work on the treatment plant is only about 25 percent complete, as it is a much bigger project, but they have until Nov. 8 to finish that project.

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.

“There will be some times in the summer when service will be affected, but we’ll try to limit that as much as possible,” said Goins, who also stated that no water service has been interrupted yet.

The entire project is set to cost about $7.5 million when all is said and done.

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.
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