Work will be completed by 2019
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Dec. 16, 2015) — The Board of Water Works, the governing board for Louisville Water, has approved moving forward with a plan that will provide Louisville’s drinking water to the Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer Commission (Shelbyville Water). The Board approved a partnership agreement with Shelbyville Water at its meeting earlier today. The Shelbyville Commission granted its approval Tuesday night.
Louisville Water and Shelbyville Water will sign the 50-year-contract in the next few days. The work should be complete by January of 2019.
“Louisville Water values our partnership with the Shelby County providers,” said Jim Brammell, president and CEO of Louisville Water. “We have an abundant supply and the location of our current pipe and tank make this a win-win for all of us.”
Under the agreement, Louisville Water will install up to eight miles of water main along Interstate 64 from near the Jefferson/Shelby County line to near highway 55 in Shelby County. Louisville Water already has a large water main and an elevated storage tank near the county line.
Once completed, Louisville Water could supply up to seven million gallons of water daily to Shelbyville Water. The project will cost an estimated $13.5 million dollars and Louisville Water will fund the work through minimum water purchases from Shelbyville Water.
Louisville Water provides water to two other water utilities in Shelby County—West Shelby Water District and North Shelby Water Company—through purchase agreements.
“This plan allows us to first address the immediate need for an alternative supply of water for Shelbyville and the surrounding water districts,” said Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty. “We are a growing community and it was important to also identify a long-term water solution. Our partnership with Louisville Water achieves that.”