Funding announced for water treatment project

CAMPTON, Ky. (Nov. 4, 2011) –Governor Steve Beshear announced more than $1.5 million in grant funding Friday to construct new sewer lines and pump stations for safe water treatment in the city of Campton and Wolfe County. Department for Local Government (DLG) Commissioner Tony Wilder joined local leaders today to present the grant, which supports an ongoing project to revitalize Wolfe County’s overall wastewater treatment and sewer system.

“Effective, modern infrastructure is an imperative foundation for economic development and housing growth in rural Kentucky,” Gov. Beshear said. “This sewer expansion project will provide Campton area citizens and businesses with safe, reliable access to a modern sewer system.”

This project will eliminate health risks caused by pollutants and give 180 residents and 20 commercial businesses safe, upgraded sewer service.

According to the Wolfe County Health Department, all households within the project area are subject to failing or failed septic systems due to clay soils and high rock in the area.

Funding will support the construction of more than 38,000 linear feet of sewer lines, five pump stations and related appurtenances to enhance sewer service, according to DLG.

“Every Kentuckian should have easy access to clean and safe drinking water,” said Department for Local Government (DLG) Commissioner Tony Wilder. “The emission of sewage from the project area unnecessarily exposes citizens to contaminated water supplies and pollutes the surrounding environment. The construction of new sewer lines and pump stations are essential to protecting the health of area residents, alleviating future environmental damage and making Campton and Wolfe County an overall safer place to live.”

Combined funding for this project includes a $1 million Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and a $525,000 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant.

“I just want to express my appreciation to the Governor for advancing the funding for a much needed project in Campton and Wolfe County,” said Rep. Richard Henderson. “This grant will serve as a lifeline to an area of the state that currently lacks the necessary infrastructure to provide safe and potable water and it will provide more environmentally safe sewage systems a well as better economic opportunities.”

“I want to thank Governor Beshear and the Commonwealth of Kentucky for funding this much needed project,” said Campton Mayor E. Gay Campbell. “This project will allow Campton and Wolfe County to build the infrastructure needed to bring jobs and more housing to the area.”

The state’s CDBG program is administered by DLG and funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Kentucky’s Congressional leaders’ continued support of the CDBG program ensures the availability of continued funding in Kentucky and nationally.

Established in 1965, ARC partners with federal, state and local governments in an effort to support sustainable community and economic growth throughout Appalachia by funding projects that range from education and job training to housing and business expansion to transportation and infrastructure development.

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