City of Tompkinsville Receives $1 Million CDBG Grant for Wastewater Improvement Project

press - 11/01/2019

City of Tompkinsville Receives $1 Million CDBG Grant for Wastewater Improvement Project
City of Tompkinsville Receives $1 Million CDBG Grant for Wastewater Improvement Project

Grant Will Fund Renovations and Repairs of Wastewater Treatment Plant

FRANKFORT, Ky. (November 1, 2019) – The Department for Local Government (DLG) today announced a $1 million Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) allocation for the City of Tompkinsville, in Monroe County, to make significant improvements to the city’s wastewater system.

“We are excited today to announce $1 million in CDBG grant funding for the City of Tompkinsville,” said Gov. Matt Bevin. “Our Department for Local Government works closely with local officials to address priority projects that will most positively impact their communities. This significant investment is based on those discussions and will enable vital infrastructure improvements to be made.”

The wastewater treatment plant equipment is nearly 30 years old and very energy inefficient, with an average monthly electric bill of $8,500. Operations at the aging Joe Harrison Carter (JHC) Elementary School package treatment plant cost the Monroe County Board of Education approximately $27,000 annually.

Additionally, the City of Tompkinsville’s wastewater treatment plant experiences severe inflow and infiltration during wet weather conditions. The city proposes to replace 8,250 linear feet of clay pipe to reduce the inflow and infiltration.

This project includes the conversion of an Extended Aeration Plant to a Sequential Batch Reactor Wastewater Treatment Plant (SBR WWTP), the installation of a new headworks facility, new UV disinfection system, and the rehabilitation of 8,250 linear feet of sanitary sewer collection mains.

The project will construct approximately 11,600 linear feet of new force main and grinders to 12 new customers including the Joe Harrison Carter (JHC) Elementary School, and a new lift station at the school which will allow for the decommission of the current JHC Package Treatment Plant. The project also includes the installation of a new Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system and variable frequency drives for all lift stations within the city’s sewer system.

“Properly managed wastewater treatment services are vital to the public health and safety of our Commonwealth,” DLG Commissioner Sandra Dunahoo said. “This investment will support critical upgrades necessary to provide services to nearly 1,000 customers, 756 of which are households. I am very pleased that DLG was able to provide funding for such an important project.”

"These renovations are crucial to maintaining the health of Tompkinsville residents," Sen. David Givens said. "I would like to thank the Department for Local Government for helping secure these funds to help improve this community."

Community Development Block Grant Program

The CDBG program, overseen by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, provides assistance to communities for use in revitalizing neighborhoods, expanding affordable housing and economic opportunities, providing infrastructure and/or improving community facilities and services.

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