A group of water utilities is narrowing down the options to ease water supply shortages in time of drought. And Danville would apparently like to be a lead player in the process, but there are questions if it can.
The Bluegrass Water Supply Consortium is a group of water utilities from 15 counties including Boyle, Mercer and Garrard that has been discussing options for new pipelines that would help the region in the event of a severe dry period. Monday night, the group presented three top options, while a representative from Danville presented a possible fourth.
The first option is a new water treatment plant on the Kentucky River north of Frankfort. Second is building a pipeline to bring in treated water from the Ohio River near Louisville. The third option would result in a building a new treatment plant, also on the Ohio River.
However, Don Hassall with the Bluegrass Area Development District said Danville would like to sell the group water from Herrington Lake, if it can. He said it's unknown what Kentucky Utilities' reaction to that is since KU owns the lake.