Danville wants to sell more water

October 29, 2003|LIZ MAPLES

Danville wants to sell more water from Herrington Lake, either to cities south of Interstate 64 or to the Bluegrass Water Consortium.

To take more water, the city needs permission from Kentucky Utilities, which owns the lake.

Several city commissioners said at a meeting Monday that they hope to make an offer to the power company by the end of the year.

Danville consultant Tetra Tech will spend the next two weeks gathering information about how much water is in the lake, and then the city will write a proposal for KU.

Meanwhile, the consortium has already voted to use an alternate supply of water, but it would "leave the door open" for a Danville proposal, Tetra Tech's Dan Shoemaker told commissioners.


The consortium is a group of central Kentucky cities, including Winchester, Lexington and Frankfort, that plan to connect to each other by pipeline and share a common source of water.

The group has asked each city to say whether it would be interested in buying water by Dec. 22.

Commissioners Terry Crowley and Jamey Gay said they don't want to buy water from the consortium, but Mayor John Bowling said the city should consider it insurance in case something happens to Herrington Lake.

Crowley believes it would be easy for Danville to connect to the pipeline later.

Shoemaker said it could be 10 years before the consortium cities are connected and ready to buy water, so Danville could still join later.

Several studies conflict about how much water is actually in Herrington Lake, he said.

Crowley said the city should fund a study to find out how much water is in the lake because even if Danville didn't sell water, its demand would still increase as the area grows.

Commissioner Ryan Owens believes Danville has a unique opportunity to become a regional supplier of water to cities south of Interstate 64, such as Richmond, Berea, Harrodsburg and Lawrenceburg.

He wants the city to investigate how it could become a regional water supplier.

Danville already sells water to a number of cities in Boyle, Mercer and Lincoln counties.

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