Kentucky Infrastructure Authority
Recovery Act Investments Announced for Kentucky’s Infrastructure

Press Release Date:  Friday, May 01, 2009  
Contact Information:  Cindy Lanham
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The Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA) today announced the CWSRF ARRA Priority List and DWSRF ARRA Priority List for water and sewer infrastructure projects that will be eligible for funding with the $66.7 million the state was allotted through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, known as the Recovery Act.

KIA will administer approximately $47.8 million to fund wastewater infrastructure projects through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and approximately $18.9 million to fund drinking water projects through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.  Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application by May 22, 2009, to receive final KIA board approval.

“President Obama’s economic recovery plan will not only create jobs on basic infrastructure projects, but it will help address both short and long-term water challenges facing the Commonwealth,” said Gov. Steve Beshear.  “I commend the staff at KIA and the Division of Water for diligently reviewing the hundreds of applications they received to ensure the approved projects will make a real and immediate difference in the lives of so many Kentuckians.” 

With input from the Division of Water (DOW), KIA received 320 applications for drinking water projects and 356 applications for clean water projects, totaling approximately $1 billion.  Eligible applicants include municipal governments, state government agencies, water and sewer districts and sanitation districts.  The loan awards will be structured as 50 percent low interest and 50 percent principal forgiveness.

Projects that are eligible for funding include:

  • Wastewater projects that include treatment plant and collection system improvements;
  • Drinking water projects that include treatment plant and distribution system improvements; and
  • Nonpoint source projects that include Best Management Practices for agriculture and stormwater runoff.

Factors taken into consideration in selecting approved projects are environmental and economic impact, number of households and businesses served, job creation and the ability to be under contract by February 2010.  

According to the Recovery Act, 20 percent of the money must be awarded to green projects; projects that improve water and/or energy efficiency and environmentally innovative projects.  Examples may include managing water resources in a more sustainable way; pollution prevention; pollutant removal; low-impact development storm water projects; wetland restoration; decentralized wastewater treatment solutions; and water resource projects that reduce energy consumption.

Attached are priority lists for clean water and drinking water projects.  The lists can also be found at kia.ky.gov. If, for any reason, a selected project does not meet the requirements or deadlines set forth by the Recovery Act, supplemental projects may receive funding.