Millions of dollars found to repair water problems in Kentucky county | Lexington Herald Leader
The Martin County Water District runs the system that has about 3,500 customers.
The Appalachian Regional Commission also pledged an additional $1.2 million.
The work will include installing a secondary water intake in the Tug Fork River, upgrading the Crum Reservoir dam, installing a new water line from intake to the dam, and making improvements to the district’s water treatment plant, the elected officials said.
“We have listened to the concerns of the local community, and the grant and corresponding project plan will provide assistance and address needed repairs and improvements within the local water district,” Bevin said in a written press release.
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“While Martin County’s aging water system is in dire need of a gamut of repairs, this funding is a big step in the right direction and helps ensure the people of Martin County will soon have a more reliable, sustainable source of clean drinking water that will include a modernized monitoring system to help prevent future emergencies,” Rogers said.
“Everyone across the country should have access to clean drinking water.
“Over the last 30 years, we’ve expanded water systems in every county to make sure every day needs are met in Eastern Kentucky.
As systems age and deteriorate, like the one in Martin County, we must remain vigilant to prevent prolonged water outages.” The water district has previously refuted some of the customers’ claims, saying the water is clean and safe to drink.