Frankfort eyed as region's water backup

By BETH CRACE State Journal Staff Writer Published:

A group of Central Kentucky water utilities on Wednesday gave top ranking to a proposal for a new water treatment plant north of Frankfort as it searches for a regional water supply solution.

The Blue Grass Water Supply Consortium, a group of 16 water water utilities including the Frankfort Electric and Water Plant Board, met in Winchester to review findings of a nearly year-long study on regionalizing the area's water supply. For the past several months, consultants have studied the area and looked at different approaches to help communities combat the effects of drought.

Several possibilities were discussed at the meeting, according Frankfort Water Superintendent Bunk Sullivan. Other proposals included a new treatment plant on the Ohio River at Warsaw in Bracken County or at Maysvile in Mason Coutnty, and to purchase treated water from the Louisville Water Company.

Constructing a new water treatment plant ranked first among the list of possible solutions because it was the most efficient and feasible. In times of drought, an Ohio River pipeline would bring in raw water to be treated and distributed to the area.

Sullivan said each of the members of the consortium would be able to sell water from the treatment plant.

The group, Sullivan added, has sought from the very beginning to use the Kentucky River as its primary source for the region's supply.

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