Division of Water Director Peter Goodmann told the Interim Joint Committee on Natural Resources and Environment yesterday that over 58,700 miles of the state’s drinking water lines are an average of 38 years old with 16 percent of those lines dating back 50 years or more.“Many systems are selling 18 – 20 percent less water than they used to,” Goodmann told the committee.
A handout provided by all three attorneys explained when P3s should be used and what considerations should be taken into account before approval for a P3 is given.Some of those considerations include benefits gained or not gained, timeliness and risk.The state holds a health standards compliance rate of 99.7 percent, he told lawmakers.After water safety violations were revealed in Flint, MI, Goodmann said a state lead working group is reviewing Kentucky’s lead and copper protocols, although he clarified that the state’s public water systems have “a very good compliance record.” “I don’t have any desire to sit in front of this group and try to explain a Flint situation in Kentucky,” said Goodmann.With prompting from Jones, Goodman said the state may ask the Corps of Engineers to help place some device in the area of the Levisa Fork to catch trash traveling into Fishtrap.
From a state agency standpoint, Goodmann said Kentucky has been successful not just at providing access to drinking water but also in reaching compliance with health standards.We have to wait until it’s really bad and we have no choice,” he said.At the same time, he said Kentucky counties have received more road aid than they needed in recent funding cycles.Other states have used P3s to improve schools, water systems, bridges, state parks and more.The testimony was offered today at the Kentucky Horse Park during a meeting of the General Assembly’s Labor and Industry Committee, the Economic Development and Tourism Committee, and the Special Committee on Tourism Development.“I think that cap, if there is some cap, needs to also have an inflationary increase as well—That’s the kind of thing I think the county judge-executives and KACo (Kentucky Association of Counties) would probably be interested in working with together,” Du Plessis said. Steve Riggs, D-Louisville, said the committee needs a simplistic, written definition of the Fifths Formula and other pertinent information from KLC, which KLC Deputy Executive Director J. Previous KLC road fund proposals had considered taking some of revenue sharing dollars away from the counties and reallocating it to cities, he reminded lawmakers.