Water line will connect Louisville, Shelbyville By Ashley Sutter Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at 3:00 am (Updated: December 23, 3:01 am) Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty announced to the City Council Thursday that the long awaited pipeline contract is finally underway.
Jim Brammell, President and CEO of Louisville Water, and Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty entered into an agreement Monday to run a pipeline into Shelbyville. Upon completion, the Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer Commission will be able to utilize water from Louisville as an alternative water supply.
“The Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer Commission has now entered into an agreement with the Louisville Water Company for Louisville Water to run a pipeline into Shelbyville from their big storage tank on I-64 that you see right when you cross into the county line,” he said.
The project, he explained, will run a 20-24 inch water line up to eight miles and will be capable of delivering up to seven million gallons of water per day.
“It’s going to be an excellent alternative source of water for Shelbyville and Shelby County. Not only Shelbyville Water and Sewer systems but also all the water districts that we sell to,” he said.
Hardesty urged that if the water plant or Guist Creek Lake were to ever experience a serious problem or the county endured a prolonged drought, the pipeline would provide ample water to the community.
“We are very pleased to have that contract approved now and we look forward to having that line built,” he said.
Council member Jon Swindler reminded the council that Louisville Water agreed to cover the entire expense of the pipeline.
Hardesty agreed and added that Louisville would receive their return on investment through guaranteed minimum water purchases from the county.
“We will have to take a minimum amount of water and that will be graduated up over the years, but we don’t feel like that will be a problem,” Hardesty said.
Hardesty partook in a signing ceremony of the fifty-year contract with Louisville Water Monday morning at City Hall.
The pipeline is projected to be completed by January 2019.