The original Regional Water Supply Plan is a joint project with the Division of Water in the Kentucky Cabinet for Natural Resources and Environmental Protection and the Governor's office through the Department For Local Government. The water supply planning program was created to encourage long-range planning throughout Kentucky. State regulation set guidelines for the process and encouraged public officials, water suppliers, and citizens to work together to thoroughly examine their water needs and supplies to ensure that the available water is best used to meet the area's needs.
The 2000 General Assembly changed the leadership to Kentucky Infrastructure Authority and the emphasis to water management. The Area Development Districts were designated to establish Water Management Councils with specific goals of planning for adequate water for all Kentuckians, and efficiency in the treatment and delivery of water through regional investments. Ultimately, the plan will guide all public dollars for water and wastewater with a goal of quality water at the lowest possible price to consumers.