Building a water treatment plant to serve Letcher County residents in the Upper Cumberland River area has been given a ranking of “high priority” at the Kentucky River Area Development District’s (KRADD) water council meeting on October 12.
According to representatives of Bell Engineering, a central Kentucky firm that works with the Letcher County Water and Sewer District, the next step in the process of getting water to the residents of the Oven Fork-Eolia-Partridge area is developing a formal preliminary engineering report in order to qualify for a high regional ranking.
During the October meeting of the Letcher County Water and Sewer District Board of Directors, Alan Bowman of Bell Engineering said the preliminary engineering report is underway. In a related matter, Letcher County Magistrate Wayne Fleming called on the Letcher County Fiscal Court to seek funding for the project in a motion that passed unanimously at the court’s October meeting.
In other business at its October meeting, the water and sewer district’s Board of Directors learned that work is now complete on the second Knott County “interconnect” line to supply water to Letcher County, and telemetry is being finalized at the master meter. The invoice for the telemetry costs will be submitted to Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) and the project will be finalized and submitted to AML for closure. Plans are now final for Phase II of the Red Star, Hallie, and Turkey Creek Water Improvements Project and Bell Engineering is preparing documentation for submission to the Kentucky Department of Water (DOW). A meeting with Kentucky DOW District 12 will be scheduled in order to go over the proposed layout and discuss directional drilling requirements for lines that will run under roadways.
The Kentucky Department of Water has given its approval for Phase II of the Bull Creek/Elk Creek Water Project and Bell Engineering will submit National Environmental Policy Act requirements to AML for its approval and discuss the project timeline and potential bid dates with AML as well. Bowman told the board that things are moving slowly at AML at present because of the retirement of several officials who haven’t been replaced yet. Bell Engineering also needs pressure readings from the City of Whitesburg for pipelines running through Cowan by the Scuttle Hole Gap Road area so it can complete plans and technical specifications for submission to the DOW for review.