Citizens will soon have clean water

Frankfort, Ky. (Oct. 27, 2011) - Access to potable water will soon be available to 125 households in Wolfe County.

The Department for Natural Resources' (DNR) Division of Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) announced today the award of contract and the start of construction for phase two of the Mary-Bethany/Flat water supply project in Wolfe County.

"Providing people of the eastern coalfields in our Commonwealth with accessible and safe water supplies is one of the many services with which our Department takes great pride. The citizens of Mary and Flat will no longer have to be concerned about the water they drink and bathe in as being negatively impacted by past mining in their respective communities," said DNR Commissioner Carl Campbell.

According to Campton Mayor Gay Campbell, residents in the area have been without drinking and bath water since the 1970s due to coal mining prior to laws and regulations to enforce that activity.

"Every day, I am asked by anxious and excited people where the waterline is. The city and people here are thankful for AML stepping up for our community," said Campbell.

AML has found that agency eligible, pre-1982 mining has impacted much of the groundwater in the many areas of Wolfe County, making the entire area eligible for AML waterline assistance. The locations include:
• Old Camp Road,
• Vortex Loop Road,
• Bethesda Mission Road,
• Ky. Hwy. 2028 Flat-Mary Road,
• Big Bloody Creek Road,
• Kings Road,
• Mattie Graham Road,
• Chris Rose Lane,
• Profit Fork Road,
• Smokey Branch Road,
• Bethany Mission Road,
• Pence Branch Road, and
• Tom Rose Road areas.

The project will consist of the construction of approximately 20 miles of waterline including various road bores, stream crossings and service lines. Approximately 125 water meters, two pressure reducing vaults, various gates valves and flush hydrants will be installed. Additionally, construction will include the installation of one 75,000 gallon water supply tank and one pump station.

The project, with a memorandum of agreement between the city of Campton and AML, totals $2.6 million. The waterline will run along Route 15 from Campton to Hunting Fork and serve the side hollows. The line will also extend down Route 2028 branching off and serving Big Bloody Creek and continuing along route 2028 through the community of Mary to the community of Flat. The project will be operated by the city of Campton. Ronnie Mullins & Sons, Inc. of Elkhorn City was awarded the contract with a low bid amount of $1,664,212. Bell Engineering of Lexington provided engineering services.

AML is authorized under Kentucky law (KRS.350) to abate hazards to public health, safety and the environment from abandoned mine lands. To date, AML has expended more than $94.3 million for waterline improvements and has provided more than 13,400 households with potable water supply in 24 coalfield counties in eastern, southern and western Kentucky.

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