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Water project approved for Pike County community

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - For nearly 15 years most of the people living on Bad Fork in Pike County have been without running water.

"We need it bad. Sure do," said Ronald Coleman.

He moved there 4 years ago, and he says he is one of the lucky ones.

"A lot of the people up the road there, they have the water trucked in," he said.

Coleman relies on water captured in a tank from a spring.

Others have to wait for water to be hauled in, which the county pays for.

"Water is the most important thing in people's lives that we have that is a necessity we cannot do without," said Pike County Judge Executive Wayne T. Rutherford.

Recently the Kentucky Division of Water approved $550,000 to bring water service to the area.

"We never could get the funding. We had to appeal it. Our congressman assisted us, and believe it or not we finally won the second appeal," said Rutherford.

Many of the people in Bad Fork say most people do not realize how not having running water affects daily lives, like washing hands and doing dishes and laundry, but they say inconvenience is not the only issue.

"Sometimes it's got an odor to it, but most of the time it's pretty clear," said Coleman.

County officials say clean water is a must, and the people of Bad Fork say they are glad it will finally be reality.

A start date is not set for construction on the project, but county officials expect it to start soon.


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