Current sewer lines were built in 1930s and 1960s
HARTFORD, Ky. (July 23, 2014) — Gov. Steve Beshear today joined state and local officials to announce a grant for more than $800,000 to assist in completing Phase II of a highly needed sewer rehabilitation project in Ohio County.
The $837,000 Community Development Block Grant will go toward the design, replacement and repair of nearly 15,500 linear feet of sewer lines and 85 manhole covers in Hartford. The remainder of the project is being funded by at $600,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development loan and a $400,000 USDA Rural Development grant.
“Communities need safe, well-maintained, quality infrastructure in order to grow and thrive,” said Gov. Beshear. “This wastewater infrastructure project in Hartford will help the area not only alleviate current sewer collection and treatment issues, but will also support potential economic and housing growth in the area.”
Hartford’s current sewer lines were built in the 1930s and 1960s and suffer severe inflow and infiltration issues. Hartford has inefficient manhole covers that allow for the overflow of raw sewage into the city’s streets and ditches where residents and children work and play. Due to the sewer seepage, the city incurs high costs to treat wastewater in high rainfall periods. The repair and replacement of these outdated and inadequate sewer lines and manholes will reduce the city’s wastewater treatment costs and relieve the community’s raw sewage overflow problems.
Construction is anticipated to begin in September.