Rural Kentucky Area Hopes For Running Water

KIMPER, Ky. (AP) - Years ago most of the United States stopped considering running water a modern convenience. But some families in rural eastern Kentucky still have to haul their water for chores like laundry and bathing.

About 85 households along an eight-mile stretch of road in eastern Kentucky have electricity and phone lines but lack running water. Worse, the wells many once relied on for clean water are no longer usable, local residents say, because they have dried up or been contaminated by nearby coal mining.

In recent weeks, water officials began seeking a study and, ultimately, financial assistance to run water lines to the area. But it's a lengthy process that could cost nearly triple what it would to run lines elsewhere.

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