Funding available for projects that protect source water

The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) is making available assistance funds, not to exceed $60,000 per project, to help communities pay for source water protection projects that will help prevent drinking water contamination. The funds are available to public water systems (PWSs) as well as the entities they serve, said Jessica Moore, a geologist with the DOW Watershed Management Branch.

“The goal of the funding program is to make money available for small projects that can be accomplished in a relatively short period of time,” said Moore. “We are encouraging public water systems, towns, cities, counties and even schools to propose a new project, or complete a current project that will help protect the drinking water sources for their public water systems.”

Some examples of possible projects include, but are not limited to, capping unused or abandoned water wells, installing best management practices, or implementing management strategies previously identified in a wellhead or source water protection plan.

Moore said communities are not required to provide matching funds or in-kind services in order to receive funding.

“Communities or public water systems will receive this money outright to perform their projects without the requirement for matching funds,” Moore said. “Our goal is to help communities implement protection measures quickly through small-scale projects.”

Moore added that supplemental funding contributions, including in-kind resources, will be taken into consideration during application evaluation and that the division is encouraging partnerships to implement source water protection.

Project proposals, available on the DOW website beginning Jan. 1, 2013, at http://water.ky.gov/groundwater/Pages/WellheadProtection.aspx, must be submitted to DOW by March 1, 2014, for consideration in this funding cycle. Completion of the full application is not required until funding selectees have been notified by DOW.

For more information, contact Jessica Moore at 502-564-3410 or Jessica.Moore2@ky.gov.

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