Water District No. 2 to formalize agreement with Louisville Water

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By Marty Finley

Hardin County Water District No. 2 will formalize its newfound water source with Louisville Water Co. next week.

The two agencies will celebrate the formal partnership through a public signing 2 p.m. Tuesday at the district’s water tank at 2541 Springfield Road in Elizabethtown.

Signing the agreement will signify the partnership as the water district expects to need a new water source by 2016, when it will start purchasing water from Louisville Water Co. Pipelines will be constructed between the two systems to connect the district’s distribution system with Louisville Water’s supply from the Ohio River.

The connection will cost around $10.5 million, roughly $6.5 million of which will be funded by state grants. James Jeffries, general manager of the water district, said the utility will finance the remainder and build a pump station for another $1.2 million.

Once online, Louisville Water must provide a minimum capacity of 2 million gallons per day to the water district, which has agreed to purchase 60 million gallons in the first year of the agreement, Jeffries said.