FRANKFORT, Ky. - Governor Ernie Fletcher today announced a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to the Village of Buckhorn in Perry County for water line extensions.
"Access to clean drinking water and adequate infrastructure are important to raising the quality of life for all Kentuckians," said Governor Fletcher. "This project will bring basic water services to a part of our Commonwealth that has been underserved."
The CDBG funds will be used to construct approximately 9.73 miles of water lines to serve the Middle Fork and Squabble Creek areas in northwestern Perry County. The project will serve 113 customers.
"Infrastructure upgrades in East Kentucky and Perry County have lagged behind the rest of the state," said Sen. Daniel Mongiardo (D-Hazard). "This project will bring basic, modern conveniences to our residents that many of us take for granted."
Current water sources in Buckhorn range from drilled and hand-dug wells to springs. Residents report the water has a high sulphur and iron content. Approximately 25 percent of the households purchase drinking water or bring potable water home in milk jugs for consumption.
"The time of bringing drinking water home in jugs has long since passed for many of us, said Rep. Brandon Smith (R-Hazard). "It's important for these communities to have a reliable source of clean drinking water."
Kentucky's U. S. Congressional leaders' continued support of the CDBG program has made the funding available nationally as well as within the commonwealth. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development makes these funds available through the Governor's Office for Local Development.