DAWSON SPRINGS. Ky. (WEHT) What would you do with a million dollars? The city of Dawson Springs will use that amount to upgrade its sewer system.
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear paid a visit to the Hopkins County community to hand the money over to city officials.
They want to add more businesses and homes above ground, but aren’t able to because of problems underground.
“We’re heavily overtaxed in wet weather, and all of our sewers are clay tile and brick manholes,” said Brian Thomas, superintendent for the water and sewer system in Dawson Springs. “When it rains, we quadruple our capacity at the plant and what division of water has done is put us on a tap ban, meaning we can’t grow our system.”
Gov. Beshear and other state officials awarded Dawson Springs a $1 million dollar community development block grant to analyze and repair its outdated system. It will be used to repair sewer lines, manholes and other parts of their aging system and improve water quality.
“We don’t care where it came from as long as we got it because our infrastructure needs it bad,” says Dawson Springs Mayor Chris Smiley.
The state put Dawson Springs on two bans in 2017, keeping them from expanding their sewer system until improvements were done. Mayor Smiley hopes the money to pay for these repairs will pay off in allowing them to expand the city.
“Right now, if we had a factory that wanted to come in, we couldn’t put them on because we don’t have enough on our sewer system. This is going to help a lot,” he says.
“It’s not going to be enough to be able to do everything we need to do, but it will help,” adds Thomas.
As for the project, Dawson Springs officials say the work should be done in the next year or two.
(This story was originally published on January 13, 2020)