WEBSTER COUNTY, Ky. (12/26/12) – The Green River Area Development District (GRADD) has released its rankings of the top water projects of 2012, and the top proposed projects for 2013. The rankings cover Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, McLean, Ohio, Union and Webster Counties.
GRADD ranks infrastructure projects based upon community need, using criteria such as proposed number of customers served, project readiness, economic development impact, environmental factors and benefit to multiple jurisdictions.
The Kentucky General Assembly will consult these rankings as they establish funding priorities in the upcoming session.
In the 2012 rankings Webster County had one project ranked in the top ten of both the water project and waste water projects. The Sebree Waterline Rehabilitation Project was tenth overall in its category, and the Providence Aerobic Digester Aeration Improvement Project was sixth on the wastewater list.
Sixteen proposed projects in Webster County made the list for 2013.
Topping the list in Webster County is a Sebree Waterline Rehabilitation Project, estimated to cost $1.9 million. It calls for the replacement of 37,000 linear feet of cast iron pipes mostly built in the 1930’s that have begun to decay and leave residents with an unreliable water source.
The second ranked project in the county, the eleventh overall in the region, is a $40,000 upgrade to the equipment at the Webster County Water District’s water plant. The current equipment, which is over ten years old, has the potential to fail and leave water customers without water.
Some of the most expensive projects on the list belong to Providence, including the $4.5 million replacement of 10 miles worth of cast iron pipes with PVC and the $3.5 million replacement of the asbestos water mains in the downtown area with PVC.
J-E News Editor
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