Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Local officials gather for a group photo with Commissioner of the Department for Local Government Sandy Dunahoo and other state leaders following a press conference at the Caneyville Purple Flash Center last Friday.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

Local officials gather for a group photo with Commissioner of the Department for Local Government Sandy Dunahoo and other state leaders following a press conference at the Caneyville Purple Flash Center last Friday.

The city of Caneyville received word last Friday that it has officially received a $507,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to rehabilitate its water system.

The grant award was announced by Kentucky Commissioner of the Department for Local Government Sandy Dunahoo during a press conference last Friday afternoon at the Caneyville Purple Flash Center and will assist with the estimated $1.625 million project to replace the city's outdated water lines made from asbestos.

According to Dunahoo, asbestos lines are dangerous only when exposed to oxygen, but, while they do not pose a health risk, they have begun to deteriorate and will be replaced with PVC pipe, updating the city's water system in a positive way.

Around 23,100 linear feet of six-inch water line and 5,250 linear feet of four-inch water line will be replaced through the project. New lines will be installed on the opposite side of the road of the current lines to avoid making contact with the asbestos. After water services have been transitioned to the new lines, the old lines will be abandoned.

Caneyville is also seeking USDA Rural Development funds to help finance the project, and officials are awaiting word from Rural Development before proceeding with the water line rehabilitation.

The most recent estimates had the bid process for the project taking place in early 2020 - provided it remains on schedule - with work set to begin in the summer of 2020. The project is expected to take around one year to complete.

Also during the press conference, Dunahoo announced the city of Leitchfield would be receiving grant funding to finance a walking/biking trail in the James D. Beville Community Park. For more information on this, read "Leitchfield receives grant for walking/biking trail."