The Public Service Commission approved a decision Friday about a new proposed water treatment plant and a new pipeline from the Kentucky River into the Bluegrass.
The decision means Kentucky American Water can build the treatment plant in Owen County and the pipeline that would connect the plant to Lexington.
Kentucky American will build the intake downstream along the Kentucky River to supplement the local water supply.
Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry issued the following statement about the decision:
“This is an important day for Lexington. This ruling clears the way for a solution to the most fundamental problem our community faces – the inadequate supply of safe, clean drinking water. Our city has struggled with this decision for more than 20 years, and I am pleased that the Public Service Commission’s decision allows our community to now move ahead to address an assortment of other problems that confront Lexington.”