VERSAILLES, Ky. (FOX 56) — Governor Andy Beshear announced new funding for several water projects in Woodford County Tuesday. The funds, totaling about $980k across four projects, come from grants funded by Beshear’s $250 million Cleaner Water Program.

“Modernizing our infrastructure especially water and sewer system is vital for the Commonwealth. These systems can be the difference in getting that next major company to locate,” Beshear said.

Here’s the approximate breakdown of the projects receiving funding:

  • $100K to repaint and fence a water tower in the Northeast Woodford Water District
  • $595k to install new water mains across the City of Versailles
  • $225k to go towards a $2 million full system rehabilitation project in the South Woodford Water District
  • $60K to recoat the Midway Industrial Park tank’s interior and exterior to eliminate corrosion

“This has been needed for decades now,” Versailles Mayor Brian Traugott told FOX 56. “We figured it up about 125 houses will see a tremendous impact in water pressure and fire safety this also requires us to flush our lines less which is water that we’re wasting in essence and not getting compensated for.”

Midway Mayor Grayson Vandergrift said the improvements in his city will meet the expectations people should have for modern water systems. “The inside of these tanks are critical that they have to be cleaned and they have to be maintained properly and if they’re not, sediment or other things can get in your water that you don’t want. So getting this cleaned and brought up to speed gives people the 21st century kind of infrastructure they expect of Midway and Kentucky,” Vandergrift told FOX 56.

The new grant funds were a product of collaboration. Beshear explained the program requires county judges and mayors to come together to split up the county’s allotment. Vandergrift said that process may have lasted only 45 minutes.

“it was actually a very nice discussion you wouldn’t expect in politics, we were actually looking to help each other out,” Vandergrift said.

Mayor Traugott said the work on the water mains, which are located underground, will require little to no road destruction, and that most of the area is in state right of way. He said the project will move about as fast as any other government project but the engineering will start as soon as possible.