Calloway County to receive more than $2.2 million for clean water projects

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(KBSI) – More than $217 million in funding to support 408 projects that will provide clean drinking water and improve water infrastructure across 102 counties in Kentucky.

The $217,200,881 in funding comes from the second round of Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear’s Cleaner Water Program.

About 1,500 unserved and 38,000 underserved homes will benefit from the water and sewer line projects. That does not include the Kentuckians who will benefit from projects like water and sewer treatment plant projects or water tank projects.

Calloway County will receive more than $2.2 million in funding for three projects. One of those projects will deliver clean water to 60 homes that currently don’t have water service. Another project will deliver clean water to 23 homes that currently rely on wells for their water.

Other projects across the state are in Pike, Barren and Campbell counties.

Gov. Beshear’s Better Kentucky Plan is creating 14,500 jobs and helping to build better schools, expand access to high-speed internet, improve infrastructure and deliver clean drinking water and quality sewer systems across Kentucky.

The Cleaner Water Program was allocated $500 million by the state legislature since 2021. The total amount of round two funding is $249,925,000, meaning there is still more than $32,000 remaining to be awarded. The 2022 funding will be allocated based on each county’s proportion of the state’s population, with the exception of Jefferson County’s share, which is discounted by 50% based on its high per capita allocation from the federal act.

Tap here to view a list of the allocations by county. Every county will receive funding once all the money is allocated.

In July, Gov. Beshear announced the final 29 projects that were allocated funding from the first round of the Cleaner Water Program and announced the call for projects for round two. These 408 projects were selected for funding after Gov. Beshear announced new project submissions were being accepted. All grant awardees must obligate the funds by Dec. 31, 2024.

The American Society of Civil Engineers in 2019 projected that Kentucky faces nearly $14.5 billion in water/wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years, including over $8.2 billion in drinking water upgrades and $6.2 billion in sewer system improvements.

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