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Infrastructure Planning (Utilities)
The Kentucky General Assembly amended KRS Chapter 224A through the passage of Senate Bill 409 in 2000. This bill changed the way that the state of Kentucky planned for the management of its drinking water resources. The passage of Senate Bill 409 required the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA) to implement a program of water management planning that would insure the development of necessary infrastructure that would allow the provision of public water service for all Kentucky households by the year 2020.
Senate Bill 409 also required the Area Development Districts (ADD) across the state to work with KIA to develop water management planning areas that would encompass the entire Commonwealth.
The ADD’s across the state were also charged with the coordination of multi-county planning councils whose primary responsibility was to develop a long range water supply plan for each Area Development District across the state. These multi-county planning councils were also given the responsibility of prioritizing all water and wastewater projects for their region for any available funding through the Kentucky State Legislature.
Each ADD employs a full-time water service coordinator whose primary responsibility is to coordinate the activities of the regional water management planning council and to serve as a liaison between local utilities, local elected officials, and state and federal funding agencies.
The GRADD Water Management Council meets quarterly. Information from previous meetings can be found on this website. Current water and wastewater project prioritization lists are also available for review and download, along with additional information related to the utilities that serve our area including contact information. Additionally, you can find a link to KIA’s project profile page and downloadable PDF maps of the water and sewer systems located in the GRADD region.
Staff in this department also provide project administration services for water and wastewater infrastructure construction projects. Staff work closely with project engineers, utility management, and funding sources.