Group discusses idea of linking water systems

By BETH CRACE State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Local citizens, water industry officials and scientists on Friday were given an "open window" into the workings of the Blue Grass Water Supply Consortium.

Currently, the group of 15 Central Kentucky water utilities IS working on a concept to connect water systems throughout the Kentucky River basin. The idea is to interconnect communities' water supplies on A grid system, pumping water back and forth to areas in need.

The consortium held an all-day workshop Friday at the Buffalo Trace Distillery to give an update on the progress of an ongoing feasibility study on the concept and to gather input.

The idea of linking the area's water suppliers drew both praise and skepticism from the group.

"I think that the regionalization is a good, cost-effective and cooperative way to look at the situation," said Malissa McAlister, who works with the Kentucky Water Research Institute at the University of Kentucky.

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