MOUNT OLIVET – Community needs and an expansion of coverage territory has increased demands on the Mount Olivet sewage treatment system.
In the past decade grant programs helped more residences and the new school tap on to the system, but also caused a problem and complaints from the Kentucky Division of Water, officials said.
Thomas G. Fern, U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development state director, met with local officials at the Robertson County Library to announce a $259,000 USDA Water and Waste Disposal grant to assist upgrade the Mount Olivet wastewater treatment facility.
The existing plant capacity is 49,000 gallons per day, and will be expanded to 63,000 gallons per day under this project, to handle the flow of waste water that enters the plant daily, officials said.
The project total is $1,293,500 for the expansion and renovation of the existing wastewater treatment plant.
“I really want to thank all the people who helped get this for us,” said Mount Olivet Mayor Stanley Henderson. “Tom Fern, State Rep. Mike Denham, Kristie Dodge, Amy Kennedy and everyone involved worked hard for us and we appreciate it.”
The current plant was built in 2005-2006, officials said.
Mount Olivet officials sought engineer services, and engineers reviewed several alternatives to bring the plant back into compliance, BTADD officials said, but concluded the most cost feasible solution was to renovate and expand the existing plant.
At that point, BTADD was approached to help find funding to alleviate the situation.
It took three applications to finance the project, officials said.
“USDA Rural Development is dedicated to the safety of community members throughout rural Kentucky,” said Fern. “We are proud to assist anyway we can to ensure Mount Olivet has the necessary equipment to properly treat waste water and keep our environment clean.”
Robertson County is located in a USDA designated StrikeForce area, communities where Rural Development is committed to working with state, local and community officials to increase economic conditions, Fern said.