The City of Auburn has applied for a $1.5 million Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) through the Kentucky Department for Local Government, which helps with community infrastructure development. The city plans to complete enhancements to it’s existing wastewater treatment facility if awarded the funds.
The city’s facility was built in 1958 and underwent an upgrade in 1991, done partially for one of the city’s industry who is no longer there, but mostly due to the age of the facility at the time.
“A city’s wastewater treatment facility is only good for about 40 years,” said Auburn Mayor Mike Hughes. “The last upgrade we did was almost 25 years ago. We are looking to the future of our city and the growth that will occur. With the new Champion Petfoods scheduled to begin operation the first of the year, we need to think out of the box and what will be coming down the road. We also need to be the best we can be for our citizens of Auburn, and provide them with the best facility we can.”
Currently Auburn’s wastewater treatment facility can treat 350,000 gallons per day. The facility treats about 120,000 per day, but anticipates 45,000 additional gallons per day the next couple of years from Champion Petfoods.
“We are trying to get ahead of the game,” said Hughes. “We anticipate growth, therefore we need to be prepared when it comes. We know three to fours years from now Champion Petfoods will expand, and we will have to have some type of upgrade to handle the growth.”
Auburn recently obtained a $1 million long term, low interest loan financed through Rural Development (70 percent with 3o percent federal grant) used to bring a pump station and high pressure wastewater line 3.6 miles to Champion Petfoods. The line will be completed in a couple of weeks.
“This is just another way to partner with our local industry, while also giving our citizens then best possible service we can as a city,” said Hughes. ” We have to stay current not only for industry, but for all the wastewater customers as well.”
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