Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Secretary Robbie Rudolph, Federal Officials Participate in Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility

Press Release Date:  Monday, October 02, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Robbie Rudolph, secretary of Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Executive Cabinet, joined Senator Jim Bunning, Congressman Geoff Davis and local officials at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Carrollton today to celebrate the completion of the final phase of the Carrollton Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility.  The new plant, which is located on the Kentucky River, will serve Carroll, Owen, Gallatin and Henry counties.

“This project is a fantastic model of regional cooperation and a perfect example of what we can achieve by working together to improve infrastructure and accommodate growth,” said Secretary Rudolph.  “Thinking regionally allows Kentucky communities to better address current problems and positions our cities and counties for future success.”

The new regional wastewater facility eliminates the need for several local treatment plants.  It will serve the Kentucky Speedway and several cities, including Carrollton, Prestonville and Glencoe.  The plant will also make sewer service available to rural areas of the counties and eliminate many failed septic systems.

“I am proud to be a part of this joint effort to improve Kentucky’s infrastructure and keep our economy growing,” said Senator Bunning. “This new facility will benefit thousands of households in the region by ensuring that residents have access to a safe and clean water supply.”

The plant will benefit 596 unserved households and 2,476 underserved households.  It will provide expanded treatment capacity for both existing and future customers.

“This wastewater treatment facility has been a long time in the making, and I am pleased that we were able to secure some federal funds to help make construction a reality,” said Congressman Davis.  “Infrastructure projects like this are critical to the economic development of the area.  This facility will ensure that residents of Carroll, Gallatin, Henry and Owen counties have access to safe and clean water.”

Funding for the project came from a variety of sources, including both federal and state grant dollars.  The total project cost was nearly $13 million.

“This new plant effectively addresses an immediate need in the community and will stimulate growth and economic development,” said Senator Ernie Harris (R-Crestwood).  “I am excited to celebrate the completion of this project.”

“This new facility demonstrates what can we achieve by working together and encouraging regional collaboration,” said Senator Dick Roeding (R-Lakeside Park).  “Citizens across the area will see improved service from this project.”

The plant is capable of treating an average of 3.4 million gallons per day.  The facility will reduce operation costs by virtually eliminating the cost of removal and disposal.  It is expected to provide waste treatment for several decades.

“More than 3,000 households will directly benefit from this new facility,” said Senator Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown).  “This project shows us what is possible when we work together and promote regional thinking.”

“Many different groups came together to support this project,” said Representative Royce Adams (D-Dry Ridge).  “It is important that we continue to develop solutions by working in partnership with each other.”

“Quality infrastructure is necessary if we want to expand our economic development prospects and encourage growth in our communities,” said Representative Rick Rand (D-Bedford).  “This project will make our area more competitive and facilitate increased development.”