St. Meinrad Utilities will have a groundbreaking ceremony for its water project beginning at 2 o’clock CDT Sunday at the Knights of Columbus grounds, followed by a reception in the K. of C. Hall.

The planned work includes building a 110-foot-tall, 100,000-gallon water tower to replace the existing 90-foot-tall tower that is almost 50 years old. This is expected to alleviate weak water pressure plaguing some service areas. Also, new waterlines and more fire hydrants will be added to better serve and protect the more than 200 homeowners and businesses in the unincorporated St. Meinrad community.

The approximate $755,000 project will be funded in part by a Community Focus Fund grant awarded to the Spencer County Commissioners by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs on the utilities’ fourth grant application.

Additional funding came from more than $53,000 in donations from about 70 local businesses and homeowners through the Spencer County Community Foundation and $101,000 of county option income tax approved by the county council.

Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann, State Sens. Richard Young and Lindel Hume, county commissioners and council members and representatives of state and federal officials are expected to attend along with the utilities’ board of directors and Right Rev. Justin DuVall, OSB, archabbot of Saint Meinrad Archabbey.

All of the landowners who donated their easements will be recognized, and Laura Harmon, executive director of the community foundation, will acknowledge the major donors for the project. Other partners and professionals who have had a role in planning the work and securing the funding also will be recognized.