FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 18, 2004) – Almost $60 million dollars is available for low-interest loans for construction of drinking water projects in Kentucky, and the state wants the public’s comments on a draft plan to use that money.
The money is part of the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), a program created in the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1996. Portions of the fund are also available for technical assistance to drinking water systems to help bring them into compliance with regulatory requirements.
The DWSRF is administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which awards the funds to the states. The states, in turn, must establish a plan for how the money will be provided for public water systems. Public involvement in finalizing the plan is required before Kentucky receives EPA approval.
Kentucky’s draft Intended Use Plan for the 2005 DWSRF is available on the Internet at http://www.water.ky.gov/publicassistance/funding/dwsrf/. Click on IUP and Environmental Review at the bottom of the page. A paper copy may also be requested from the Drinking Water Branch of the Division of Water, 14 Reilly Road, Frankfort, KY 40601, or by calling (502) 564-3410.
Comments should be provided to Donna Marlin, Drinking Water Branch manager, by July 21 to the address above. Written or oral comments on the draft plan may also be made at a public meeting scheduled for that date at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time in the conference room of the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority, 375 Versailles Road in Frankfort.
The plan was developed cooperatively by the Division of Water within the Department for Environmental Protection in the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet and the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority in the Governor’s Office.