Homes Will Have Clean Water

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

More than 200 hundred eastern Kentucky homes will soon have a new source for clean water.

The water district supervisor says some Breathitt County residents are getting sick from their water.

Tests found bacteria such as E-Coli and other harmful contaminants.

Change is on the way, Breathitt County received a one million dollar grant from the state to install water lines to more than 200 people, improving the water from their faucets and the community is welcoming the clean water with open arms.

People in the Watts community say they've waited years for drinkable water.

“It discolors everything, my dishwasher, clothes, showers, bathtubs, everything,” Shirley Watts said.

“It's so full of iron that it has to be highly filtered in order to be able to use it,” Zane Watts said.

Others in the community say they spend thousands of dollars on water filters.

The Watts family's last bill for bottled water topped out at 55 dollars, but change is on the way.

“With this project, there will be approximately 235 homes that will benefit, that will get good, clean, safe drinking water,” Shannon Moore said.

The water project will install about 12 miles of water lines around watts and lost creek, plus 2 water storage tanks and a pump station.. pumping water purchased by the city of Jackson.

The water district expects the water lines to be running by the summer of 2008.

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