ERLANGER, Ky. — Northern Kentucky Water District (NKWD) has been selected for grant funding from the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS). The grant, totaling $191,400, was awarded on October 12, 2021, and is part of the State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSGP).
“The District is excited to be awarded these funds which will allow us to purchase the necessary equipment to aid in our ongoing efforts in securing the delivery of safe drinking water to our customers,” said Northern Kentucky Water District President/CEO Ron Lovan.
A core assistance program established by the U.S Department of Homeland Security, SHSGP assists state and local efforts to build, sustain and deliver the capabilities necessary to prevent, prepare for, and counteracts terrorism in the commonwealth.
“Each year, NKWD includes in its budget amounts for maintaining and enhancing the security of its facilities”, said Lindsey Rechtin, the District’s Incoming President/CEO and Vice President of Finance and Support Services. “We are very pleased to have been awarded this grant to assist us with funding these necessary enhancements, and look forward to working with KOHS,” Rechtin said.
Recipients are encouraged to consider projects that address emerging threats or enable continuous operation of critical functions, including those essential to human health, safety, and/or economic security.
The grant will provide funding for enhancements to the physical security of NKWD’s critical infrastructure. Surveillance cameras purchased with these funds will aid NKWD in identifying and mitigating potential threats or hazards.
“Like the rest of the nation and the world, Kentucky faces a constantly evolving threat landscape,” explained Kentucky Homeland Security Advisor Josh Keats. “While it remains a challenge to distribute limited grant dollars among so many worthy projects, these grants will definitely help our first responders and the communities they serve to prepare for, prevent, respond to, and recover from events we pray never happen.”
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