Kentucky to Spend $250 Million to Make Water Infrastructure Better

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced on Tuesday, June 1, that a Better Kentucky Plan will assist in delivering clean drinking water and quality sewer systems across the state.  It will also assist the state in building better schools, expand internet and bring 14,500 more jobs to Kentucky. The plan’s $250 million Cleaner Water Program is the first program to accept applications since lawmakers reached a bi-partisan agreement at the close of the 2021 General Assembly. Water Resource coordinators, representing Kentucky’s  fifteen Area Development Districts (ADD) and Area Water Management Councils, may submit project profiles through the Water Resource Information System (WRIS) portal to indicate interest in funding from the Cleaner Water Program. Eligible government agencies, like city-owned water or sewer utilities, water commissions, water and sewer districts and counties, may work with a coordinator and council to submit a project. There are currently 713 public drinking water and wastewater utilities in Kentucky.


150 million will be allocated based on each county’s proportion of the state’s population, with the exception of Jefferson County’s share, which is discounted by 50% based on its high per capita allocation from the federal act.


$50 million is available for grants to utilities to provide drinking water services to unserved, rural customers or to utilities under a federal consent decree. The KIA shall consider social, economic and environmental benefits in determining the allocations.


$49.9 million is available to supplement a project grant for a project with a cost in excess of a county’s allocation amount and other available grant sources. The social, economic and environmental benefits shall be considered in determining project allocations. KIA will receive $75,000 to administer the grant program.

Applications will be accepted until all funding is committed.

KIA will begin reviewing projects this summer and make awards throughout the year.

All grant awardees must obligate the funds by December 31, 2024.





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