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Feasibility study looks at Buckhorn water plant

By: Rebekah Pewitt Email
By: Rebekah Pewitt Email

BUCKHORN, Ky. (WYMT) - Buckhorn has a new mayor, who is taking steps toward a new water treatment plant in his city.

Buckhorn city officials have to make sure around 350 residents always have flowing water, but right now their water travels 25 miles from the Hazard water plant before it gets to their homes.

And city Water Board Director, Tom Burns, says it can be unreliable at times, “It's such a disadvantage when we don't have water, even if we go into a period of just a couple of days.”

Mayor Pat Wooton says he's aiming for a long term solution by placing a water treatment plant in Buckhorn.

The mayor says the water supply would not come from the lake itself but downstream from the dam in order to avoid more problems in the future

Officials are looking at the feasibility of a regional plant that will serve more than just the people of Buckhorn.

“These are long term big ticket long term projects and if we wait until the drought is upon us we can't do anything in the short term,” said Mayor Wooton.

He says the study is a small step in a long process, but will be worth it in the end.

The Mayor expects to extend a few local water lines within the year before taking on the water treatment project.

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