Lexington Launching New Water Tank Era

Aug 29, 2016
Stu Johnson WEKU News

A massive overhaul of Lexington's sewer system includes meeting capacity demands for new developments.  It’s a project rooted in fixing problems while providing for new sewer connections.

As part of a federal mandate to upgrade the system, Lexington must meet standards in the "Sanitary Sewer Capacity Assurance Program." Council members were briefed on a CAP audit last week.


In the final weeks of Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration, state regulators and legislators haven’t closed the door on the possibility that Kentucky will create its own plan to comply with upcoming federal carbon dioxide regulations.

Len Peters, secretary of the Energy and Environment Cabinet, spoke Tuesday before a special legislative task force made up of lawmakers and industry representatives.


The Environmental Protection Agency’s final draft of the Clean Power Plan includes stricter regulations than originally proposed. 

J. Tyler Franklin / Louisville Public Media

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway says he’ll again sue the Environmental Protection Agency over new federal carbon dioxide rules. 

For years, hard rains in Lexington have caused sanitary and storm water sewer systems to overflow into streams and even homes.

These illegal “Sanitary Sewer Overflows,” are the basis of a 2006 lawsuit filed against the city by the Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Kentucky. A 2011 Consent Decree gives Lexington 10 years to fix the problem. 

The agreement requires the city to establish a Capacity Assurance Program (CAP). It was developed by a seven-member task force that produced 19 recommendations for a plan submitted early this year to the EPA.