Rural Water Program

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Boone County Fiscal Court
Rural Water Program

A frequently asked question by our citizens is why a progressive and growing county such as Boone County does not have public water in all areas of the County. The immediate response of course is the high cost of constructing the waterlines and a lack of available funding; while the immediate response is accurate, a more in-depth answer is a bit more complex and involves several factors and areas of control.

While Boone County’s water needs are generally served by the Boone County Water District (BCWD). A typical scenario for expansion of residential service lines to an area not served would involve a request for an assessment project by the area residents to BCWD. Upon receiving this request BCWD would prepare an estimate of project cost by surveying all the residents of the proposed area based on the construction cost divided per resident. If a majority of the residents agree to the pay the assessment cost, then the project would go forward, if a majority were opposed the project would fail and not be constructed.

All waterline construction must be approved by the Public Service Commission (PSC) prior to construction. As part of the approval process PSC must be certain the expansion area will generate the necessary revenues to support the debt created by the construction of new lines. Generally, this comes down to the density of the area being served in relation to the cost of construction and future revenues generated by the new customers. If all the factors support the cost of the project approval is granted and BCWD goes forward with the project.

In an effort to expand public water to areas that have not qualified otherwise the Boone County Fiscal Court created a Rural Water program and constructed waterlines which connect to BCWD but, are owned and funded by the Fiscal Court. Funding for these forty (40) + miles of lines installed over the past several years are paid for in-part by a twenty-five dollar ($25) monthly surcharge collected from all Rural Water program customers. This money goes directly to retire the debt incurred for construction and as the number of users grows the debt is reduced The initial debt period was for twenty-five (25) years beginning in 2004, however, with all future customers connecting to these project areas paying the surcharge the debt should be retired years prior to the maturity date.

Below is a list of streets included in the Rural Water program and subject to the surcharge, or if you prefer you may view the map.

  • AKIN LN
  • ANSON LN
  • BEAVER RD
  • BIAS HOLLOW
  • BIG BONE CHURCH RD
  • BIG BONE RD
  • BIG OAK RD (1) HOUSE
  • BLACKBERRY HILL DR
  • BREWER LN
  • BRIAN CT
  • BROOKVIEW LN
  • BULLITTSVILLE CHURCH RD
  • BULLITTSVILLE RD
  • CARIBOU DR
  • CROUCH RD (1) HOUSE
  • DEERFIELD LN
  • EAST BEND RD
  • EASTON LN
  • EMERALD DR
  • FAWN LN
  • FEELEY RD
  • FOREST VIEW DR
  • HAPPY JACK HOLLOW (1) HOUSE
  • HOWE RD (1) HOUSE
  • IDLEBROOK RD
  • IDLEWILD BYPASS
  • IDLEWILD RD
  • JORDAN LN
  • KIRBY DR
  • KIRBY LN
  • KY 20 (FROM 2139-4498)
  • KY 20 (FROM 4701-5473)
  • LOCUST GROVE RD
  • MICHELLE DR
  • POSSUM PATH
  • RASPBERRY CT
  • RICE PIKE
  • ROYAL CASTLE WAY
  • SNOW RD (1) HOUSE
  • UNION RESERVE NORTH RD
  • US 42
  • WOLFE RD
  • WOOD RUN RD

View map of affected streets included in the Rural Water program and subject to the surcharge