Residents Hoping For New Water Lines

By: Heather Haley Email
By: Heather Haley Email

Their water is cloudy, discolored, and unusable for most things. That's why some folks in Breathitt County were so happy to hear about a grant to run new water lines to their area. Now they're concerned it might not ever happen.

Residents of Watts in Breathitt County say if they want clean water, they have to buy it from a store.

"The water is terrible. It’s got salt, it’s got sulfur, it’s got iron, it’s got gas, and it’s terrible," said Watts Resident Helen Combs.

Dozens of residents gathered at the Breathitt County Courthouse to discuss the future of the water line project. A county commissioner met with the people and says the water line grant is still pending and paperwork must be signed by several officials by the end of the month.

"They need to take time to go to Frankfort and do the final signing. December 31st is the last day," said Breathitt County Commissioner Jeff Noble.

But Judge Executive Harvey Jason Richardson says a deadline is not stalling the project. He says the water board is estimating the project to be more than two million dollars and he does not want them to borrow the extra money.

"What they need to do is take the $1 million, put in water lines and when that $1 million is gone, apply for another grant. Don't go in debt," Judge Executive Richardson said.

Judge Executive Richardson says he will sign any final paperwork to get new water lines for the Watts community.

The Breathitt County Water Board has their monthly meeting planned for tonight at seven. We'll have a reporter at that meeting and we'll have more on what happens on Mountain News Night Watch at 11.

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