Continue the Sanitary Sewer Capacity Assurance Program (CAP) and encourage the Stormwater Incentive Grant program to reduce impacts of development on water quality.
LFUCG Division of Water Quality oversees the storm sewer system of over 800 miles of underground pipelines; 50,000 structures; and over 1,000 wet ponds and detention basins; the sanitary sewer system of over 1,400 miles of underground pipelines; and 28,000 manholes, with nearly 80 pumping stations conveying sewage throughout the Urban Service Area. There are two treatment plants capable of treating over 60 million gallons of sewage each day. Since entering into the consent decree with EPA in 2011, the division continues to monitor the water impact of new development, and has been incorporated into the development plan review process with a required sign-off. The Government’s challenge is to provide capacity when a proposed new development or redevelopment is considered to be in the best interest of the community. The Consent Decree also requires that a Remedial Measures Program is established for the Lexington-Fayette Urban County sanitary sewer system. This program will evaluate the sanitary sewer system to identify a cost-effective, efficient improvement plan to address recurring sanitary sewer overflows. Further control is recommended to notify and communicate with CAP capacity when a conditional use or change of use is proposed, as well as at the time of a preliminary zone change. The process should be documented in zoning compliance letters.
The Stormwater Quality Projects Incentive Grant Program provides financial assistance for projects that improve water quality, reduce stormwater runoff and educate citizens about stormwater and water quality issues in our community. There are three types of grants, including infrastructure, education and neighborhood. Since 2011, the Division of Water Quality has managed the grant awards totaling between $1.2 and $1.7 million each year. Application to the grant is encouraged and should be promoted through community outreach and the development process.
- Coordinate with the Division of Water Quality to prioritize sewer capacity projects that will facilitate areas of expected growth.