Water Project Still Hasn't Reached Everyone

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

Kentucky's goal is to have water in every home by the year 2020 and the here in Perry County officials expect to spend 30 million dollars doing just that.

After about 3 years some higher elevations and remote areas still have not seen the water, but local residents say they are tired of waitng.

Residents say the water line stops here. Those living at the top of the mountain say they've waited three years and still no water.

“What water we got we usually do dishes and muddy water, you take a shower and it turns muddy,” Imogene Sickman said.

Officials say getting water to the top will take time and money.

“200,000 dollars will do 50 homes versus 7 on top of the hill. Which I'm not picking and choosing. all these people need water,” Perry County Judge Executive Denny Rae Noble said.

Noble says Perry County's water supply is already being stretched thin and may need to turn to water plants in other counties to supply all homes with water.

“The biggest problem we have right now is the city of Hazard can only pull 5 million gallons a day out of the river. They're close to that now,” Judge Noble said.

Officials say Perry County is ahead of schedule for Kentucky's water goal for 2020.

“The state has a goal of having water in every household by the year 2020,”

But for those on Slick Ford Road, they just want to cook dinner and wash dishes like those at the bottom of their mountain.

“I just wish they could get us water up here. Not just for me, but for all of us,” Sickman said.

Judge Executive Denny Ray Noble says the thing he's spent the most money on since he's been in office, is water.

He also says as soon as the funding comes in, it goes out, but that finishing the job could still cost millions.


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  • by Anonymous on Jan 14, 2008 at 11:30 PM
    the water lines has reached the people of sandy ridge in wolfe co but the city of campton says thay don't have enough people to turn it on even after we have payed $535 for our meter and other things the co can't give us water
  • by cc Location: wolfe co on Jan 14, 2008 at 07:45 PM
    well why cant the people who live on sandy ridge in wolfe co get water even after thay have payed for thier meter and other charges when the water lines are already ran in front of our house
  • by BEN TOOK Location: WOLFE CO on Jan 14, 2008 at 07:13 PM
    if the states goal is to get every one water i live in WOLFE CO SANDY RIDGE and they have run water lines in front of my house and when i payed for my meter and other charges the county tells me they don't have enough people to give me water yet what should it mater how many have payed the ones who have should get it and to top that off they let people who was close with people in the court house and ran the water plant to pay a small amount then charge them a little each month with thier bill but nobody else was offered that deal so whats going on in WOLFE CO SOUNDS FUNNY TO ME what do you thank

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