The new water treatment plant, at the same Waitsboro site, consists of three new buildings and renovated existing structures. An upgraded intake pump to draw more water out of Lake Cumberland at Waitsboro is already in place and existing water transmission lines have capacity to carry more water but “ ... we’re already looking at upgrading transmission lines,” said Dick.
Financing of the new water treatment facility is with a $5 million grant and $14 million in low-interest loans from United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development (formerly Farmers Home Administration), and $5 million in city money. Somerset qualifies for Rural Development money because 81 percent of the treated water goes to rural areas.
Judy Construction Company of Cynthiana is general contractor for the project.