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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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