Proposed Pipeline Gets Controversy Flowing

A proposed plan to put a water pipeline through several central Kentucky counties is not sitting well with some people.

Kentucky American Water wants to build a water treatment plant on the Kentucky River near Monterey. The pipeline would run 30 miles and pump 20 million gallons of water each day.

Some people say the project is irresponsible and not worth the price tag.

Citizens for Alternative Water Solutions is concerned about the impact this project will have on the environment.

Lee Troutline, a lifelong resident of the area, says this project could devastate his homeland.

"They want to go to Owen County and do this to build asphalt plants and concrete and other things to create more run-off then come back down here and flood us and do it all over again," he said. "It'll be like ground hog day every flood season."

Kentucky American Water says it has no intention of creating hardship for the area but this project has to move forward.

"When we have businesses shut down because there's no water that has a tremendous impact on the region," said Susan Lancho, a spokesperson for the water company.

She says there was another option for a pipeline.

"There was a pipeline from the Ohio River considered years ago, but Lexington-Fayette County Urban Government asked to drop it so we did," she said.

The water company says it and the Bluegrass Water Commission have concluded this is the best option.

Residents say the area is undisturbed by development and they want to keep it that way.

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