Controversial Water Pipeline Gets OK'd

The public service commission is giving the go- ahead to create more drinking water for Fayette County. Today the commission approved a proposed water treatment plant and pipeline...But not everyone is happy about it.

The 160 million dollar plan calls for a 31 mile long pipeline through Franklin, Scott and Fayette counties. The 31 mile pipeline will start in Owen County and will draw water from pool three of the Kentucky River and pump another 20 million gallons per day to the Lexington area.

Nick Rowe with Kentucky American President said, "This will alleviate concerns for the next 20 years." Rowe said the price tag is 160 million dollars and it will affect customers bills by $8-$10 monthly "it will affect bill but we have to wait for approval from the PSC for a rate hike and that could be later this year."

Not everyone is happy about this, some groups say it will disrupt the land and the habitat. Dr. Marty Solomon with Citizens for Alternative Water Sources says "Absolutely and the farmers in Franklin County are up in arms, their land is going to be confiscated and condemned." Kentucky American says it understands their concerns and will work to minimize destruction and will return their property to the original condition.

Dr. Solomon says there are other options and he's astounded that this proposal passed.

The construction plans are already underway and we'll soon see work starting. In fact Rowe says they plan to sign letter of consent today for construction.

The proposal for finding additional water supply for Lexington has taken two decades. Those opposed say they may appeal today's decision.