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Community of Garrison Pursues Sewer Solution

July 30, 2010 |
Where: Garrison, in Lewis County Kentucky
Problem: Failing septic tanks and leaking sewage pipes
Solution: The construction of wastewater treatment plant with the capability of handling the town’s wastewater treatment.
Along with safe, potable drinking water, communities in our great Commonwealth also need safe, sanitary wastewater disposal to protect public health and the environment. Nowhere is this more needed than in the community of Garrison. Garrison is located at the confluence of Kinniconick Creek and the Ohio River in northern Lewis County, Kentucky.
Based on Lewis County Health Department and Garrison, Quincy, KY-O-Heights Water District records, 90% of the septic tanks in the area are failing and 33 straight pipes are located in the area. The straight pipes result in multi-point discharge of raw wastewater into the area waterways. Field surveys have identified potential health risks as a result of using these failing systems.
The Garrison, Quincy, KY-O-Heights Water District is proposing the construction of a 114,000 gallons per day extended aeration package wastewater treatment plant that shall have enough capacity to handle current and projected 2020 flows and a wastewater collection system comprised of approximately 43,500 linear feet of 2-inch, 3-inch, and 4-inch low pressure mains, 355 grinder pump stations, and 2 sewage lift stations.
The estimated cost for the proposed project is $5.3 million dollars and sources of funding include USDA Rural Development, Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA), Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and local funding. Community Action Kentucky’s RCAP staff completed the acquisition of highway rights-of-way for the project. The bids have been awarded and construction is anticipated to start in May.
As a result of our assistance, residents throughout Garrison will have access to safe, sanitary sewer service for years to come.