Gov. Matt Bevin and Congressman Hal Rogers this weekend announced plans for a $3.4 million water project in eastern Kentucky. In all, more than four and a half million dollars will go to address long standing problems in one Appalachian community.
The sizeable infrastructure project is expected to alleviate water supply issues within the Martin County Water District. The work will include installing a secondary water intake in the Tug Fork River, upgrading the Crum Reservoir Dam, installing a new line from intake to the dam, and making improvements to the districts water treatment plant.
Kentucky’s Appalachian Regional Commission has also invested an additional $1.2 million to assist with repairs. A monitoring system will also be put in place as part of the project. The Martin County Water District has had a history of water system concerns including low pressure, leaking water lines and meters, and financial deficits.
The project will also help address issues raised by the State Public Service Commission.