Grant to Help Phase II of Hartford Sewer Rehab Project
HARTFORD, Ky. (July 23, 2014) – Governor Beshear today joined state and local officials to announce a more than $800,000 grant to assist in completing Phase II of a highly needed sewer rehabilitation project in the city of Hartford in Ohio County.
“Communities need safe, well-maintained, quality infrastructure in order to grow and thrive,” said Gov. Beshear. “This wastewater infrastructure project in Hartford will help the area not only alleviate current sewer collection and treatment issues, but will also support potential economic and housing growth in the area.”
The $837,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) will go toward the design, replacement and repair of nearly 15,500 linear feet of sewer lines and 85 manhole covers in Hartford. The remainder of the project is being funded by at $600,000 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development loan and a $400,000 USDA Rural Development grant.
The city of Hartford’s current sewer lines were built in the 1930s and 1960s and suffer severe inflow and infiltration issues. Hartford has inefficient manhole covers that allow for the overflow of raw sewage into the city’s streets and ditches where residents and children work and play. Due to the sewer seepage, the city incurs high costs to treat wastewater in high rainfall periods. The repair and replacement of these outdated and inadequate sewer lines and manholes will reduce the city’s wastewater treatment costs and relieve the community’s raw sewage overflow problems.
Construction for the new sewer rehabilitation project is anticipated to begin in September 2014.
“I am very pleased and thankful that the city of Hartford is going to be able to complete Phase II of their sewer rehab project,” said Ohio County Judge-Executive David Johnston. “The $837,000 in CDBG funds will assure the completion of the much-needed improvement to keep groundwater out of the sewer and save much money on treatment. This project will greatly help our citizens and we are grateful to the Governor for this announcement.”
“We feel very honored to have received this grant and be one of the chosen communities who benefit from the very competitive CDBG program,” said Hartford Mayor Charlotte Hendricks. “This sewer rehabilitation will help relieve our infiltration and inflow problems for the benefit of all our citizens.”
“The spill-over of raw sewage in Hartford unnecessarily exposes citizens to contaminated water supplies and pollutes the surrounding environment,” said Department for Local Government (DLG) Commissioner Tony Wilder. “The addition of new sewer lines and manhole covers are essential to protecting the health of area residents, alleviating potential environmental damage and making Hartford an overall safer place to live.”
The state’s CDBG program is administered by DLG and funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Kentucky’s Congressional leaders’ continued support of the CDBG program ensures the availability of continued funding in Kentucky and nationally.