Water project: More splash, less cash

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By Brad Bowman

By Brad Bowman


The Henry County Water District’s Morton Ridge Road project will impact the five counties the district serves with a greener infrastructure and less money spent delivering it.

Through the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority, the Henry County Water District is replacing a 12-inch  waterline with a 20-inch line across 44 properties in Trimble County. The increased diameter equates to larger amounts of water using less electricity.

“We aren’t just sitting here and not being proactive. We are moving forward and fixing our infrastructure,” said Jimmie Simpson, chief operating officer of the Henry County Water District No. 2. “The 22,000 feet waterline comes from the treatment plant to our first tank on Highway 42. By upgrading the line, the pumps won’t have to work as hard saving approximately $3,000 a month in electricity.”

With the state revolving fund, a 20-year loan at 1.75 percent, the project came in under initial engineer estimates at $2.2 million. Cleary Construction Inc., a Kentucky family owned company, will complete the project overseen by Henry County Water District inspector Keith Morris. Phase II of the project will involve replacing a 1968 tank with a one million gallon water tank.

“This project in Trimble County will affect the whole water system. It is the mainline distribution system for Henry, Oldham, Trimble, Shelby Counties and part of Carroll County,” Simpson said. “Two of the waterlines needed replacement. We were always working on one and doing repairs. It was an expensive fix. We have applied for another $2.5 million loan estimated for the tank. With a bigger waterline and bigger tank, there will be less friction loss in the pipe and the pumps won’t have to run as much with the increased storage.”

The waterline will crossTrimble County properties, and according to Simpson, the property owners understand the project’s importance.

“The property owners we had to go through to get this line in have been over the top super about granting easements,” Simpson said. “They know the problems we have had.”