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Officials need money to finish Brownies Creek water project

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email
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BELL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Officials in Bell County say they need one million dollars to finish a much needed water project.

People in Brownies Creek say low quality water lines cause frequent water outages.

Jennifer Wilson never knows if there will be water when she turns on a faucet.

"We've had a few issues. You go to the faucet and turn it on and oops, there's nothing there," said Jennifer Wilson.

Bell County leaders say dilapidated water lines have caused water outages for at least one year in Brownies Creek.

"They are unreliable. Those folks go without water sometimes two to three days at a time and that's unacceptable," said Bell County Judge-Executive Albey Brock.

The Brownies Creek Water Rehabilitation Project is underway. The Fiscal Court used a $680,000 grant for the first phase of replacing pipes.

"It is going to be a blessing for everyone who lives in Brownies Creek," said Wilson.

Now the Fiscal Court says it needs more money to update the pumping stations. Officials say they need one million more dollars to finish the water project. Officials are sending grant requests to Frankfort.

"We are still one million dollars short of being able to totally rehabilitate the Brownies Creek water project, but it's a priority for the court right now to get that done because of the number of folks that are affected and how dramatically they are affected when the water goes out," said Brock. "We will ultimately rehabilitate that water system. We've not stopped trying, and we've not stopped trying until we've rehabilitated."

Wilson is looking forward to water every time she turns on the faucet.

"Does the word amazing come to mind? It does to ours. We can turn on the faucet and have water and it will on instead of nothing," said Wilson.

Leaders hope to get the money and finish the project as soon as possible. Bell County officials plan to talk to state legislators when budget talks start in January.


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