Supporting Economic Development with Water

Louisville Water Company & Hardin County Water District #2 Sign Historic Agreement

A reliable and high-quality supply of water is an anchor for a community’s quality of life and economic growth. Louisville Water Company (Louisville Water) and Hardin County Water District #2 (HCWD2) have approved an agreement to ensure HCWD2 has an abundant source of water to support the unprecedented growth in its community.

This week, the boards that govern the two utilities approved a 50-year agreement that extends through 2074 where HCWD2 will purchase a daily supplemental supply of water from Louisville Water. The agreement builds on an existing partnership that began in 2013 when HCWD2 first began purchasing water from Louisville Water.

Economic development sparked the new agreement. Ford’s BlueOval SK Battery Park announcement for Glendale brings tremendous growth opportunities for the region. HCWD2 provides water to Glendale and leaders at both utilities looked at the short and long-term project needs and committed to continuing the water partnership for the next 50 years.

“We are very fortunate to have built such a great relationship with Louisville Water”, said Shaun Youravich, General Manager for HCWD2. “Multiple studies have shown the expansion of our connection with Louisville Water is the most viable option to address the future water needs of our County. This agreement will ensure that Hardin County has the necessary supply of water to accommodate its growth and prosperity.”

It will take new infrastructure to supply the additional water. Louisville Water will install more than 17 miles of water main, build an elevated storage tank and expand a booster pumping station. HCWD2 will expand an existing pump station and construct a new 10 million gallon per day booster pump station. Most of the construction will take place along the I-65 corridor in Bullitt and Hardin counties. The infrastructure will increase Louisville Water’s maximum available supply to HCWD2 from 5 million gallons daily to 15 million gallons.

“Growing this partnership is a win for the region,” said Spencer Bruce, President and CEO of Louisville Water. “Proactive planning and investment are key in making sure the region has a reliable supply of water. We are proud to work with HCWD2.”

Construction will happen in two phases with anticipated completion in 2026 and 2029. Estimated cost for the project is $107 million. HCWD2 will cover its part of the project, approximately $70 million through a purchase agreement. Louisville Water will fund its portion through its capital budget. In addition to Hardin County, the infrastructure Louisville Water will install also benefits its existing customers in Bullitt and Nelson counties.