Utilities eye regional water network

By BETH CRACE State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Once considered an unlikely, if not impractical, possibility, the concept of interlinking the Bluegrass area's water suppliers to avoid interrupted or inadequate service is gaining momentum.

The theory, to construct a grid of waterlines across Central Kentucky to connect to participating water utilities, is the brainchild of the Winchester Municipal Utilities Co. in Clark County.

The effort resulted in the formation of the Bluegrass Water Supply Consortium, a group of 15 Central Kentucky water utilities including the Frankfort Electric and Water Plant Board. The idea would connect water systems throughout the Kentucky River basin to transport water back and forth from areas in need.

A public workshop on the concept will be held Monday and Tuesday at the Frankfort Plant Board Clubhouse on Tanglewood Drive. An estimated crowd of 100 representatives from participating towns and water systems, the Kentucky River Authority, the state Infrastructure Authority and members of the public are expected to attend.

The meeting will be 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday. This is the third of six workshops planned.

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