Gov. Steve Beshear announced this week a new $1 million project to replace an outdated water storage tank in the city of Mt. Olivet in Robertson County.
A recently secured $150,000 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant helped complete the total funding needed to acquire land, plan and construct the new water tank project.
“Effective, modern infrastructure is imperative for a community to function on a daily basis,” said Beshear. “Quality infrastructure also lays the foundation for a community’s future economic development. This Mt. Olivet water tank project will resolve residents’ current water infrastructure problems and provide the city and county with a reliable system that allows for future business and housing growth.”
The combined funding for the water tank project includes a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), a $350,000 Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA) loan and the $150,000 ARC grant.
The city of Mt. Olivet’s current water storage tank was constructed in 1959 and in recent years has caused considerable water pressure and supply problems for city residents.
For example, the lack of water pressure is not adequate to supply water to the courthouse or upper levels of the local school. Additionally, low water pressure is an extreme safety hazard for fire protection and impedes the city’s potential economic growth and development. The majority of businesses and government offices in Robertson County reside in Mt. Olivet, and the current water tank is the sole provider of water to the city.
This project will demolish the city’s current water tank and replace it with a 100,000 gallon elevated tank.
The project also includes replacement of approximately 1,200 linear feet of city waterlines.
The new tank will provide increased finished-water storage capacity as well as enhanced water pressure for Mt. Olivet.
Nearly 600 city and county residents are estimated to benefit from the tank replacement.