Water Projects Possibly On Hold

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

More than a thousand homes in one Eastern Kentucky county are waiting to be connected to county water lines but a change in Frankfort could mean fewer homes will receive the water they've been waiting for.

Letcher County Judge Executive Jim Ward says about 63 percent of homes in the county do not have clean safe drinking water and the plan to use severance tax money to fund new water projects has sprung a leak.

Judge Ward says the original priority list for the county has all water projects listed at the top. The House of Representatives changed this list removing a number of the water projects including a major Knott County interconnect project.

"There's a lot of good projects that was added on. They're still good projects. To me, we've got to look at the main concern of Letcher County and that is to get water to the people right now," Ward said.

Judge Ward says the recent drought brought the county's water problems to the forefront.

The fiscal court is forming a resolution to send to the house and the senate hoping to get many of these water projects back to the top of the list.

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