LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Water broke ground Friday morning on a new water main that is expected to deliver seven million gallons of water daily to the city of Shelbyville.

According to a news release, the large water main will run parallel to I-64 East and is expected to be completed in 2019. The 24-inch diameter water main will be 10 miles long and will begin along I-64 at the Jefferson County/Shelby County line and connect with Shelbyville Water near Highway 55.

The project is expected to cost $16.2 million and be funded by Louisville Water, through minimum water purchases from Shelbyville Water.

"This project is valuable to the Commission for two reasons," said Tom Dayle, manager for Shelbyville Water, in a statement. "First, no one knows when a disaster will strike, and it's so reassuring to have a backup source in Louisville Water to the commission's six-million-gallon-a-day plant and our water source, Guist Creek Lake. Secondly, this project, along with the commission's plant, can produce a drinking water supply to this county for many generations."

Pipe installation is expected to begin later this month.

Louisville Water already provides water to two other Shelby County utilities -- West Shelby Water District and North Shelby Water Company -- through purchase agreements, according to the news release.

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