Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Presents Checks for Water Projects in Kenton County

Press Release Date:  Monday, July 10, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Dan Bayens

Funds will be used to upgrade Northern Kentucky Water District

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher visited the Piner Korner Market in Morningview today to present a $2,000,000 check for a budgeted line-itemed water project administered by the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA).  The funding will be used to make several improvements to aging Northern Kentucky Water District (NKWD) infrastructure.

“This project will improve service to more than 60 percent of the Northern Kentucky Water District customer base,” said Governor Fletcher. “These upgrades will help ensure that northern Kentucky is receiving high-quality water service and will improve the quality of life and economic development opportunities in the area.”

Improvements include installation of a backup generator at the NKWD’s Dudley pumping station and replacement of a 4000 foot transit pipe at Edgewood, as well as other new connections and upgrades.

“This funding recognizes the importance of proper infrastructure to promoting economic development opportunities in the northern Kentucky region,” said Senator Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown).

Representative Jon Draud (R-Edgewood) said, “Our children deserve clean water.  With nearly 100 homes that will be serviced with this funding, families can now take comfort in knowing that their drinking water is safe.”

“This project is an impressive example of what the General Assembly can accomplish by working together,” said Rep. Tom Kerr (R-Taylor Mill).  “By passing this legislation, we have ensured that Kenton County will have adequate water service.”

Rep. John David Reinhardt (R-Alexandria) said, “These infrastructure improvements will have a significant impact on the quality of water service in northern Kentucky.  I am pleased to see this project has come to fruition.”

“The delivery of sanitary water is important to the health of Kenton County families,” Rep. Arnold Simpson (D-Covington).  “This area is well-served by these new connections and upgrades.”

The budgetary line-item infrastructure projects such as these are administered by KIA.  The Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA) was created to provide the mechanism for funding construction of local public works projects, in particular water and wastewater.  KIA administers two federally assisted loan programs and two state funded programs.  The agency has approved more than $725 million in loans to Kentucky communities.  KIA also administers funds appropriated for specific projects by the General Assembly.  A total of $656 million in grants has been designated by the legislature from 2000-2006.