Governor's Office for Local Development

Press Release Date:  Thursday, October 18, 2007  
Contact Information:  Lanny Brannock
Public Information Officer

New holding tank to be constructed, wells dug

FRANKFORT, Ky. – On behalf of Governor Ernie Fletcher, his chief of staff Stan Cave today announced a $1 million Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to the City of Warsaw for construction costs of several important water delivery and storage systems that supply the city.

“Providing access to public water has been an important goal of the Fletcher administration, and this project is another great example of the work that we’ve done,” said Cave. “The community will now have a reliable source of drinking water for decades to come.”

The grant will fund the construction of approximately 2.5 miles of eight, 10 and 12-inch water lines, two new water supply wells, and a new 600,000 gallon elevated storage tank. The wells currently used to draw water are more than 70 years old, and in need of replacement.

“I’ve made infrastructure, including access to a reliable and safe supply of drinking water, a priority of my administration,” said Governor Fletcher. “Five thousand miles of water line has been laid in Kentucky in the last four years. Ninety-two percent of Kentuckians have access to community water systems, an increase of 10 percentage points since 1999. And we will continue to provide that level of service.”

“Warsaw has seen a surge in water demand, and this grant will ensure the citizens will have a reliable source of water,” said Sen. Dick Roeding (R-Lakeside Park). “It’s important that we all have adequate access to our most valuable natural resource.”

 The new water lines will improve the overall system flow and efficiency.  The new wells will increase production capacity to meet an increasing demand while the new tank will increase storage capacity and address water detention time inadequacies. The project will serve approximately 850 customers.

“Our water infrastructure system has been struggling to meet demand for nearly three years now, and it’s important for this project to move forward,” said Rep. Royce Adams (D-Dry Ridge). “I’m pleased this project has received funding and I look forward to improved water service in the very near future.”

Kentucky's U.S. Congressional leaders’ continued support of the CDBG program has made the funding available nationally as well as within the commonwealth.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development makes these funds available through the Governor’s Office for Local Development.