WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Representative Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) announced today that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is awarding $400,000 in funding to the Hyden-Leslie County Water District to expand a water treatment plant. The Hyden-Leslie County Water Treatment Plant expansion will raise the plant from 1.0 million gallons per day (MGD) to 2.4 MGD, add a water storage tank, and construct a water intake along the Middle Fork of the Kentucky River to help extend and improve service to current and new users.
"As we work together to clean up our environment, court more businesses to our area, and improve the health and welfare of our working men and women, seniors, and children, our water and sewer infrastructure must stay ahead of the curve," said Rogers. "I am pleased to see ARC funds go toward benefiting current and future water users in Leslie County."
The project will replace an aging water treatment plant and allow the Water District to serve additional residences in the community. This project is expected to result in improved access to 3,400 households and 286 commercial customers. In addition to ARC funds, $600,000 in other federal funding, $2,000,000 in state funds, and a local commitment of $1,094,000 will bring the total project cost to $4,094,000.
Rogers works to provide funding for the ARC in his role as a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee.