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ISSUE: Water agreement signing ceremony
OUR VIEW: Deal delivers water for growth
When we reach for the handle, we expect water to instantly pour out of the tap.
Little consideration is given to the work behind that water. In fact, most of us take it for granted — except maybe once a month when the bill arrives.
It’s good to know some of our neighbors are looking out for us. The future water supply for our growing community got a boost this week with the signing of an agreement between Hardin County Water District No. 2 and Louisville Water.
Once online, Louisville Water will provide a minimum capacity of 2 million gallons per day to the water district, which in turn agreed to purchase 60 million gallons in the first year and increase that amount to 365 million gallons by 2021.
It will be needed, the water district says. Growing demand has required three expansions of the White Mills treatment facility, which opened in 1991. Drawing its supply from the Nolin River, it produces 5.5 million gallons on an average day.
With residential development and anticipated increases in industrial demand in Elizabethtown and at the Glendale mega site, water district officials have been working more than a year to identify another source and to work out an agreement. Louisville Water, one of the state’s oldest utilities, has an ample supply thanks to the Ohio River and the necessary treatment capacity to meet this need.
The signing ceremony is not the end of the work required to complete this deal.
HCWD2 must run a 24-inch water main 11 miles from its existing system to the Hardin-Bullitt County line. It also will be required to create another pumping station. The ceremony took place off Springfield Road in front of a 1-million gallon tank that’s under construction and will be part of this network.
Louisville Water will install four miles of water main and a pumping station to provide the water.
Water is a necessary element in all growth. The signing of this deal Tuesday positions the community to grow. Quality roads, reasonable electricity rates and a steady supply of water are vital to business development and future jobs.
Behind the scenes, there’s a lot going on in the water business that impacts us all.
This editorial is a consensus of The News-Enterprise's editorial board.