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After nearly two years of construction, officials unveil new water plant at the edge of Owen County

By Molly Haines

Following two years of construction at the Owen-Franklin County line, residents had the opportunity to take a peek into the newly opened Kentucky American Water treatment plant Friday.

Those who attended were given the chance to take a guided tour of the treatment plant and meet with KAW employees during the open house.

The new treatment has been named Kentucky River Station II at Hardin’s Landing and is located near Monterey on the Kentucky River.

The plant obtained its name after the Hardin family, who owns property just upstream from the site.

The company also held a ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier in the day.

Owen County Judge/Executive Carolyn Keith and Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier took part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

According to a press release from KAW, various levels of drought conditions have been declared this month for approximately 50 counties in Kentucky. The completion of the company’s $164 million treatment plant, a new booster pump station in Franklin County, and a 31-mile underground water transmission line to Fayette County, will help assure the company’s Central Kentucky customers that plenty of water is available to meet their needs, resolving a 20-year issue.

KAW’s primary source of water supply for its Central Kentucky customers is the Kentucky River. With the addition of the new plant, the company now withdraws water from the river at pool three at the Owen-Franklin County line as well as pool nine in Fayette County.

The plant officially opened Sept. 20.

During the opening ceremony, Kentucky American Water President Nick Rowe said the plant could be expanded to meet other communities’ water supply needs.

The treatment facility spreads across 39.6 acres and the intake property is 89.1 acres.

Construction on the plant began in June 2008 and cost $164 million.

The plant is expected to bring in an annual tax benefit of more than $1.1 million for the counties of Owen, Franklin, Scott and Fayette.