Subdistrict HB and Subdistrict O

In 2022, the Northern Kentucky Water District (NKWD) sent a survey to all unserved residences in Kenton and Campbell Counties to determine their interest in water service should water main extension funding from federal, state, and/or local sources become available. This survey provided a baseline for future project planning.

Subdistrict HB and Subdistrict O

NKWD was recently awarded federal grant funds through Kentucky and local American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to extend water main in our service area. Based on the water service interest survey results, household density, and available funding, NKWD was able to initiate two Subdistrict projects- one in Kenton County and one in Campbell County.

A subdistrict includes homes located on streets that are grouped together as one project for the purpose of extending water mains to unserved areas.

Kenton County (Subdistrict O)

Current Project Status: Design Phase

In August 2023, NKWD selected CT Consultants to design 9 miles of water main extensions on 15 streets in Kenton County.

Streets included in the design of this project:

  • Gene Street (Off Walton Nicholson Road)
  • Scenic Ridge Drive (Off Pelly Road)
  • Mason Road (Hydrant at #460 to Decoursey)
  • Alexander Road (Fiskburg Road to St. Marys Road)
  • Fiskburg Road (Goshorn to Alexander Road)
  • Goshorn Road (Fiskburg to dead end)
  • Webster Road (Richardson Road to dead end)
  • Pfanstiehl Road (Fiskburg to dead end)
  • Elliot Road (KY 17 to Pendleton County Line)
  • Justice Lane (Last hydrant to dead end)
  • Highwater Road (River Heights Lane to #1873)
  • Trace Run Road (Off of Moffett)
  • Fowler Creek Road (Old Madison to KY 17)
  • Mann Road (Steep Creek to #11290)
  • Steep Creek (Ryland Country Club/KY 177 to #3704 at bridge)

There is currently not enough funding to construct water main extensions on all 15 streets being designed. The number of streets actually constructed will match the available funding. The final list to be constructed will be based on funding, density, and customer interest.

Next Phase: Permitting & Easement Acquisition 

Campbell County (Subdistrict HB)

Current Project Status: Permitting & Easement Acquisition Phase

In January 2023, NKWD selected Cardinal Engineering to design 7 miles of water main extensions on 9 streets in Campbell County.

Design is complete and NKWD is awaiting permitting approval and easement acquisition to move forward with the project.

Streets included in the design of this project:

  • Blangey Road (creek crossing to the south end of the street)
  • Upper Lick Branch Road (Grandview to #2421)
  • Enzweiler Road (AA Hwy to the east end of the street)
  • Oneonta Road (Washington Trace Road to Route 8)
  • Pond Creek Road (#10365 to Visalia Road)
  • Gunkel Road (Mystic Rose to the end of the street)
  • Poplar Thicket Road (Licking Pike to #446)
  • Rifle Range Road (bridge to end of road)
  • Tower Hill Road (Watchpoint to Route 8)
    • Due to geotechnical issues, this road will not be proceeding in the process.

There is currently not enough funding to construct water main extensions on all 8 streets being designed.  The number of streets actually constructed will match the available funding.  The final list to be constructed will be based on funding, density, and customer interest.

Next Phase: Water Service Connection Contract (customer pays tap fee)

Project Phases:

  1. Interest Survey & Evaluation
  2. Design
  3. Permitting & Easement Acquisition
  4. Water Service Connection Contract (customer pays tap fee)
  5. Construction Bid
  6. Construction of Water Main
  7. Service Tap Installation

Prior to bidding the project, customers on each street will receive a letter with a Water Service Connection Contract that should be returned, including payment of the fee to tap the future water main, to help keep the project moving forward.

Projects will be prioritized by those having the highest density (households per mile) with sufficient number of signed Water Service Connection Contracts.  Using this list, the actual project to be bid and constructed will be based on available funding.

Once the water main is installed, NKWD will send a letter informing all customers the water main is ready for connection.  Each customer will then disconnect from the cistern or well and connect to the water line and complete the Application for Water Service to begin receiving public water.

Subdistrict HB Estimated Completion and Ready for Customer Connection: Fall 2025

Subdistrict O Estimated Completion and Ready for Customer Connection: Fall 2026

Project schedules are subject to change.

Kenton County Water Service:

  • 55,661 active accounts currently connected to public water supply.
  • Approximately 794 miles of water main installed in Kenton County.
    • 99% of residents in Kenton County have access to public water.
  • Approximately 448 households without access to public water.
  • Approximately 57 miles of water main needed for remaining households.
    • Estimated cost of $48 million to construct water main to serve remaining households.
    • Estimated additional cost for design and project administration - $3 million.

Campbell County Water Service:

  • 30,559 active accounts currently connected to public water supply.
  • Approximately 516 miles of water main installed in Campbell County.
    • 96-97% of residents in Campbell County have access to public water.
  • Approximately 961 households without access to public water.
  • Approximately 103 miles of water main needed for remaining households.
    • Estimated cost of $87 million to construct water main to serve remaining households.
    • Estimated additional cost for design and project administration - $5 million.
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Subdistrict Customer Costs

  • One-Time Tap Fee - paid by customer to connect to water main.
    • Cost is $1,403.83 (subject to change) for a standard 5/8 inch meter setting.
    • Larger service available at increased tap fee amount.
  • Service Line - Customer installs service line from NKWD’s meter to the building(s) on property.
  • Monthly Subdistrict Surcharge – maximum of $30 surcharge typically for up to 25 years
    • Number of years can be longer for some funding
    • Payable with and in addition to regular water
  • Water Usage – Customer pays current billing rates established by NKWD
    • Average household uses 4,000 gallons a month.
    • Cost using current rates would be $47 per month for 4,000 galloons
      • (Assumes 5/8” meter setting and does not include taxes or monthly surcharge.)