GREENUP, Ky. — Richard Howerton gave the Greenup City Council an update on the progress of the city’s new water plant on Tuesday.
Howerton, of Howerton Engineering and Surveying, which is designing the plant, said the firm is about 15 to 20 percent along in the process.
The council opted to build a new plant instead of upgrading after a feasibility study showed the cost of renovations would be almost as much as a new plant. The one in use is 30 years old.
Greenup Mayor Lundy Meadows told The Daily Independent last month that preliminary estimates indicate the new water plant could be operational in about three years at a cost of between $5 million and $7 million.
Intakes, a necessary component for the plant, are not included in the current plan. The council is holding off on financing intakes until it receives a firm estimate of the plant construction cost.
Howerton said the firm has been working steadily on the building and the outline of the facility, in addition to internal components and starting a site survey. He said he is awaiting permission for borings, on ground and below.
“We’ve been making some pretty good progress,” he said.
The leading site for the new plant is at the intersection of Ky. 2 and U.S. 23, Howerton said. The second choice is on a piece of property close to the current plant. The city will have to purchase land.
Howerton also told the council about a Source Water Protection Assistance Program grant via the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection. The grant could provide the city with up to $60,000, with no match required. He offered to fill the application out for the city.
The grant provides funds for source water assessment and protection.
“We wanted to put together a monitoring program for the Little Sandy River since it’s your primary water supply,” Howerton said.
“We would like to have a sampling program set up where we sample it regularly to make sure we have good quality water in the river.”
The council approved a motion to allow Howerton to apply for the grant.