Berea city officials recently met with a representative from Congressman Andy Barr’s office as part of an effort to secure funding to increase the city’s water supply. The City has been working to gain approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a $12 million project to expand Owsley Fork Dam. The plan calls for raising the wall of the dam, thus expanding the capacity of the reservoir by 50 percent, a move analysts say will secure enough fresh water for the region for the next 50 years.
In addition, the city has been seeking approval to treat and reuse approximately 1 million gallons of wastewater that is currently diverted into Silver Creek. So far, federal officials have favored a $14 million plan to pipe water in from the Kentucky River.
On a related note, officials note reservoirs have been filled up with the recent rains.