The Board of Water Works, the governing board for Louisville Water approved moving forward with a plan that will provide Louisville's drinking water to the Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer Commission (Shelbyville Water). The Board approved a partnership agreement with Shelbyville Water at its meeting Tuesday morning. The Shelbyville Commission granted its approval Tuesday night.
Under the agreement, Louisville Water will install up to eight miles of water main along Interstate 64 from near the Jefferson/Shelby County line to near highway 55 in Shelby County. Louisville Water already has a large water main and an elevated storage tank near the county line.
Once completed, Louisville Water could supply up to seven million gallons of water daily to Shelbyville Water. The project will cost an estimated $13.5 million dollars and Louisville Water will fund the work through minimum water purchases from Shelbyville Water.
Louisville Water provides water to two other water utilities in Shelby County, West Shelby Water District and North Shelby Water Company through purchase agreements. Over the past several years, Louisville Water has worked with these water providers, Shelbyville Water and the U.S. 60 Water District on a solution to provide an additional supply of water. "Louisville Water values our partnership with the Shelby County providers," said Jim Brammell, President and CEO of Louisville Water. "We have an abundant supply and the location of our current pipe and tank make this a win-win for all of us."
"This plan allows us to first address the immediate need for an alternative supply of water for Shelbyville and the surrounding water districts," said Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty. "We are a growing community and it was important to also identify a long-term water solution. Our partnership with Louisville Water achieves that."
Louisville Water and Shelbyville Water will sign the 50-year-contract in the next few days. The work should be complete by January of 2019.
*The water tank shown in the article was erected in Shelby County in 2010. The tank not only aided our existing customers who lived close to the Shelby County line, but also now allows us to move forward with providing Louisville pure tap© to the residents of Shelbyville,