Owen/Fayette pipeline stretching 31 miles almost complete

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By Molly Haines

After two years of construction near the Owen-Franklin County line, Kentucky American Water is nearing completion of its new water treatment plant and pipeline project, the Central Kentucky Water Supply Solution.

The project includes a new water treatment plant, located on Hwy. 127 South near the Owen-Franklin line on the Kentucky River; a 31-mile underground water transmission line; and support facilities.

The 31-mile transmission line is a 42-inch diameter pipe that connects the new water treatment plant to KAW’s existing distribution system in Fayette County. According to a press release, restoration to areas around the pipeline construction is progressing well.

The transmission line has been undergoing pressure-testing in two- to three-mile increments.

Once testing was complete, the new pipe began undergoing disinfection with chlorinated water that was gradually moved through the pipeline from Fayette Couty northwest to the Owen County plant site, where the water was dechlorinated before eventually being discharged back into the watershed.

Although the treatment plant will not bring water to Owen County right away, plans are being made according to Kentucky American Water Operations Supervisor Kevin Kruchinski.

Although the plant will not yet bring water to Owen County, it will bring in new property and school taxes Kruchinski said.

Kentucky American Water External Affairs Manager Susan Lancho said the project would generate about $479,000 in taxes to Owen County.

Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said all tax entities will get a percentage of the amount.

Kruchinski said the project should be completed in late August or early September.