Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Fletcher Awards Funding for Regional Water Treatment Plant

Press Release Date:  Thursday, October 13, 2005  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

            Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) announced today a $2,000,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for Adair County and the city of Columbia.  Funds will be used for a regional water treatment plant.

            CDBG funding will be used to construct a 5.0 million gallons per day (MGD) water treatment plant that will be operated by the Columbia/Adair County Water Commission.  The project will serve approximately 6,750 customers.

            “It is important for individuals to have access to clean water,” said Governor Fletcher.  “This water treatment plant is a great example of city and county governments working together for the betterment of their community.”

            “This funding is vital to the continued growth and development of Adair County and the city of Columbia,” stated Senator Vernie McGaha.  “I am pleased that the Fletcher administration chose to fund this deserving project.”

            Representative Russ Mobley said, "We've seen firsthand how very important clean, safe drinking water are to the quality of life of a community with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. While we have fortunately been spared a disaster of that magnitude here, we've learned a powerful lesson that we need to do all we can to provide clean, potable water. This grant will help us do just that and Adair County and the City of Columbia will now have an ample supply of water."

            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 GOLD, which administers the CDBG Small Cities program in Kentucky.