Why does our rural community have such high water capacity? Part of the story is Lake Cumberland. The lake is ranked 9th in the U.S. in size with a capacity of 6,100,000 acre-feet of water. The lake is 101 miles long and over one mile across at its widest point.
In the 1980s, Russell County accommodated the requirements of Fruit of the Loom with a massive water and wastewater expansion. When the company relocated its operations to Mexico in the 2000s, this infrastructure was still in place and currently available for a new industrial user.
The Jamestown Water Treatment Plant has the capacity to produce 7.5 million gallons of fresh water per day, far in excess of current demand. This was a major factor in Russell County obtaining Food and Beverage Shovel-Ready Certification for our Lake Cumberland Regional Industrial Complex Site 5.
The Jamestown water plant has won many awards for the cleanliness of the water and ranks among the cleanest in the state.