LEXINGTON - On Monday, the public got a chance to take a closer look at three options under consideration to link Central Kentucky's water supplies.
Citizens gathered at Henry Clay High School where they could speak with members of the Bluegrass Water Supply Consortium and learn more about its concept for water regionalization.
The group is a non-governmental body composed of 16 water utilities around Central Kentucky, including the Frankfort Electric and Water Plant Board.
In July, the consortium unveiled what it considers to be the three most viable options, giving top ranking to a proposal for a new water treatment plant north of Frankfort
In times of drought, an Ohio River pipeline would bring in raw water to be treated and distributed to the area. The plant would sit on the bank of the Kentucky River north of Frankfort, treating water that would be piped to towns around Central Kentucky.
Other proposals include a new treatment plant on the Ohio River at Warsaw in Bracken County or at Maysvile in Mason County, and to purchase treated water from the Louisville Water Company.
Consortium members hail the effort as the first attempt at finding a regional solution to water supply needs. They point to an earlier proposal by Kentucky American to construct a pipeline from Louisville using water from the Ohio River, which never came into being.
"I guess the biggest question we're getting is how's this different from other efforts," said Linda Bridwell, director of engineering for Kentucky American. "We're pretty excited about this. We think it's going to be a solution that goes forward."