Campbell County, Water District Scrap Plan for Extension Project
An extension of a water main into unserved portions of Campbell County will not be pursued.
Judge/Executive Steve Pendery and Northern Kentucky Water District president & CEO Ron Lovan announced Friday that the so-called Sub-District J project will not be pursued at this time. A study of the project recently concluded and feedback from residents was cited as a reason for scrapping the plans.
By the numbers
There are 28,662 active accounts with the Northern Kentucky Water District in Campbell County, and 926 households in the county that are not hooked into the system. 100 miles of new water main access would need to be built to connect all of them. Sub-District J would have connected 204 households along Wagoner Road, Pleasant Ridge Road, Dodsworth Lane, Barrs Branch Road, Enzweiler Road, and others, through the installation of 13 miles of water main at an estimated cost of $6 million.
Those 204 households were notified in February that the project was being studied. A survey was met with a 75 percent response rate and found that only 38 percent of respondents were interested in pursuing the project.
"Engagement of residents was essential to our decision in this case," said Pendery, in a statement. "Those who stand to benefit from this project told us they are not interested right now. We ran a successful effort to reach out to folks and make them aware of the proposed project's details, but we cannot force such a project if it is not the majority of the community's desire to pursue it."
The cost of the project was also a factor.
"From a technical perspective, a lack of population density in the subject area makes the project a challenge," Lovan said. "However, what is more important in this decision is that, when pursuing the types of grants and loans that would fund it, we must show support from more than 50 percent from those affected. The community feedback helps us make the case in justifying the cost and the Sub-District J does not have the support at this time."
County Administrator Matt Elberfeld said the county would continue to monitor the situation and would continue to monitor funding opportunities for the project, and that citizen interest in moving forward would continue to be a pre-requisite before any work is begun.