Special Meeting Held To Discuss Water Treatment Plant

By: Heather Haley Email
By: Heather Haley Email

An eastern Kentucky city held a special meeting to discuss the future of a new water treatment plant that will cost more than $20 million dollars.

The Paintsville City Council answered questions about building the new water treatment plant.

It’s one they say will help not only Johnson County, but possibly surrounding counties as well.

The city council held the open meeting so the public could have their questions answered about the project, but council members had questions of their own.

Officials estimate the project will cost around $23 million dollars.

They hope to get nine million dollars in grant funding, leaving $14 million in loans which will trickle down to Johnson County residents.

“I had taken each one of my utility commissioners bills that month, compounded them on the estimate of borrowing $15 million dollars, it raised their bill a little over $4 per month,” Larry Herald said.

Officials say the new plant will mean more consistent water flow and cleaner water for Johnson County.

They say they will also have the opportunity to sell water to surrounding counties which could ultimately help with funding.

Now the project is still in the planning stages.

Officials say they are waiting to see how much grant money they get and they will have other meetings to discuss the future of the water plant.


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