Homes Will Have Clean Water

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

More than 200 hundred eastern Kentucky homes will soon have a new source for clean water.

The water district supervisor says some Breathitt County residents are getting sick from their water.

Tests found bacteria such as E-Coli and other harmful contaminants.

Change is on the way, Breathitt County received a one million dollar grant from the state to install water lines to more than 200 people, improving the water from their faucets and the community is welcoming the clean water with open arms.

People in the Watts community say they've waited years for drinkable water.

“It discolors everything, my dishwasher, clothes, showers, bathtubs, everything,” Shirley Watts said.

“It's so full of iron that it has to be highly filtered in order to be able to use it,” Zane Watts said.

Others in the community say they spend thousands of dollars on water filters.

The Watts family's last bill for bottled water topped out at 55 dollars, but change is on the way.

“With this project, there will be approximately 235 homes that will benefit, that will get good, clean, safe drinking water,” Shannon Moore said.

The water project will install about 12 miles of water lines around watts and lost creek, plus 2 water storage tanks and a pump station.. pumping water purchased by the city of Jackson.

The water district expects the water lines to be running by the summer of 2008.

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  • by Jack Location: Pike County on Nov 22, 2007 at 06:41 AM
    Hey, it's better than getting a no-smoking ban, at least this helps serve a higher priority situation.
  • by Kim Location: Breathitt on Nov 20, 2007 at 10:34 AM
    More places in Breathitt County need water besides those 200. I live two miles from Wal-Mart, considered outside of city limits, so I don't even have city water. I have a "salt" softener on my well. Everything I own turns colors too. How fair is that.
  • by tina Location: leslie county on Nov 20, 2007 at 07:31 AM
    I live in the grassy branch community of leslie county and I have lived here since I was thirteen, and I am now thirty-six. We want city water and have been told we were getting it but so far we haven't seen any kind of effort put forth to make it happen. Our well water has sulfur and iron. It stains everything from dishes, clothing, bathtub, sinks, just anything the water touches. This summer we have had a shortage of water. We can't even wash a full load of clothes without the water quitting, and most of the time you can't take a shower without the water quitting. It get's very frustrating day after day dealing with this. We had even talked about moving but like I said I have lived here for twenty three years and have raised my children here and they don't want to move because this is their home. We want and deserve city water. We all need it for every day living and its not fair for most people in Leslie County to have city water and the rest of us don't. Thanks for listening.


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