Meeting On Perry County Water Line Project

By: Michel Mason Email
By: Michel Mason Email

Dozens of residents in Southern Perry County want to know why it's taking so long for city water lines to reach them.

Some of them say they've been waiting as long as nine years for city water. The meeting was supposed to give them answers and stop rumors.

"It's real aggravating not to have good water," Viper resident Olean McIntyre.

Olean McIntyre and three family members share the same water pump just to get their faucets running. She also spends hundreds of dollars each year to make the well water safe to use.

"Still you don't know whether to trust it or not," added McIntyre

Many others in this part of Perry County feel McIntyre's pain. They gathered at the Cornettsville Park Thursday night for a meeting organized by concerned citizens and local officials. The top question on their minds are when will they get city water and why is it taking so long.

"We got a lot of information on how to get things done. That was the most important thing," said Shirley Lewis of Fork Branch.

Judge Executive Denny Ray Noble wants a board with a representative from each area in need of water to keep local officials informed.

"We're doing everything we can to finish water to these people and I can understand they're disturbed. It's so close they can smell it. They all got bad water," said Judge Executive Noble.

Officials also talked about roadblocks for the water line project, including the widening of Route 7 and the replacement of an asbestos covered line from Hazard to Jeff. Another frustration is coal severance money going to other parts of the state.

"What we're upset about is we get it taken away. It don't come back to where it needs to be to run these water lines," added Noble.

Noble promises to get water to everyone, but says it will take time. For many, patience is running out.

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