Perry Co. residents to receive clean water

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

Some homes in Perry County could soon see clean drinking water.

The four mile waterline is being funded by the Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands.

People who live in the area say the clean water is a blessing.

Boxes of water meters sit at Vicco City Hall ready to be installed.

"It's gonna be wonderful. I won't know how to act probably. Just getting some good water that you can drink," said Big Branch resident Faye Fields.

Faye Fields has lived on Big Branch Road for more than 40 years without clean water.

But, that's about to change. Abandoned Mine Lands is providing funding to build four miles of waterline in the area of Big Branch including several side hollows.

"The water's just went bad over the years. What caused it? I don't want to put my finger on it," said City of Vicco Mayor Ernest Back.

Mayor Back says he is striving to provide clean water for everyone in the area.

"It's just the hygienic part. The same way with the sewer. There is e-coli in the creek and streams and we need to get it out of there," said Mayor Back.

Back says Big Branch Road could see the clean water in 2-3 months, a relief for Faye Fields.

"Just knowing that I don't have to run to the store and get 5,6,7,8 gallons of water," said Fields.

And knowing that when she turns her faucet on, the water will be safe to drink.

Mayor Back is also working on other water projects with Letcher county as well as a one-million dollar sewer project that will affect around 350 people.

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