PINEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - More than two million dollars is on the way to upgrade the Pineville sewer system. Officials say the project will benefit the entire Cumberland Valley region.
Pineville Utility Commission members say during wet weather, the city sewer system overflows and at times sends wastewater into the Cumberland River.
"Because when we have an overflow of sewer combined with our old system, it ends up in the river and that impacts everybody along the river," said Bill Bunch, Pineville Utility Commission Manager.
The Pineville Utility Commission is upgrading the old system to prevent this from happening.
"For the size of Pineville, it's quite expensive," said Bunch.
Thursday, Governor Steve Beshear announced the city will get $2.2 million through grant money for part of the project. It includes a $1 million Community Development Block Grant, a $500,000 Appalachian Regional Commission grant, a $533,000 Kentucky Infrastructure Authority Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan, and a $200,000 KIA planning and design loan. The Department of Local Government is administering the funds to the city of Pineville.
"It will benefit because you want to have the treated sewage meet all the standards and everything and it'll help the folks in Pineville," said State Rep. Rick Nelson.
Pineville city officials say the grant money makes this project possible.
"We couldn't do the project without the grant money, absolutely not," said Bunch.
The money will pay to build two new sewage lift stations and separate and upgrade the lines from Bill Adams Road to Virginia Avenue.
Construction is scheduled to start in June, 2015 and should take one year to complete.