By March 8, Danville City Commission hopes to decide whether the city should connect to a regional network of pipelines that would carry treated drinking water.
Commissioner Jamey Gay said he questioned whether Danville would benefit from hooking on to such a network. Instead he wants to see the city sell water to its neighboring cities. The plan shows that the regional network would center around Fayette County and then branch out to other communities, like Winchester and Nicholasville.
Don Hassall of the Bluegrass Area Development District said that Danville could join the network as an insurance policy, in case something happened to its source, Herrington Lake, or the water treatment plant.
"We're in the water producing business," Gay said. "We would love to sell water in the pipeline."
Later the Commission approved a $7,500 study of Herrington Lake that would examine how much water the city could pull from the lake without affecting Kentucky Utilities, the electric company that uses the water to generate electricity. The city needs the information before it could make a proposal to sell any more water.