Wednesday, May 09, 2001

Visalia school finally getting water

By Lori Hayes
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        VISALIA — An elementary school in rural Kenton County is finally getting city water.

        Visalia Elementary in the far southeastern part of the county will be connected to the Northern Kentucky Water District's water lines later this month.

        “We are in the shadow of a big metropolitan center and yet we still have a school without city water,” said Rob Haney, director of support operations for Kenton County Schools.

        Funded last year by the state legislature, the $350,000 project extended water lines to the community of Visalia to serve about 20 homes and the school.

        The water service will save the 12,000-student school district nearly $10,000 a year.

        Of the district's 20 schools, Visalia, which has about 180 students, is the only building still using a cistern.

        Last year, the district paid $12,272 to haul 767,000 gallons of water to the school. The biggest chunk of that was for transportation. The district also had to test the water every month.

        With city water lines, the cost should drop to about $2,800, district officials said.

        “We're glad to be out of the cistern business,” Mr. Haney said.

        Other benefits of the 1-mile water-line project include better water quality, reliability and fire protection. In case of a fire, the fire department would have to pump water from a neighboring pond.


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