Governor awards $2.1 million for Pike water projects

PIKEVILLE, Ky. — The cities of Pikeville and Elkhorn City and Mountain Water District received a combined $2.1 million from Gov. Andy Beshear yesterday, as part of the Cleaner Water Program.

“As we emerge from this pandemic to a better Kentucky, we will continue to strengthen our water infrastructure in every corner of the commonwealth,” said Gov. Beshear. “Today’s awards from the Cleaner Water Program will ensure the residents of Pike County have clean, safe drinking water and efficient wastewater systems. This will not only support the health and wellbeing of its citizens, but ensure the continued economic momentum of this region as well.”

Pikeville received more than $450,000 to upgrade its water treatment plant, which will decrease the need for disinfectants in the water system.

“The City of Pikeville thanks Gov. Beshear for this grant,” Pikeville Mayor Jimmy Carter said. “As the regional hub for Eastern Kentucky, water infrastructure is vital to our continued growth. This grant allows the city to expand our water plant capacity, which is critical to the recruitment of economic development opportunities and the expansion of our economy.”

Elkhorn City received more than $57,000 to extend water lines and restore hydraulic capacity.

And Mountain Water District received more than $1.6 million to install 54,000 feet of water line as part of the Brushy Creek-Sycamore water line project, which will provide water to 125 homes and a new mining facility.

“The Brushy Sycamore Water Line Extension is a highly anticipated project that will provide potable water service to approximately 125 residents who have never had access to public water service,” said Roy Sawyers, district manager of the Mountain Water District. “Now more than ever, access to clean, potable water service is of the highest priority for Kentuckians, and the Mountain Water District would like to sincerely thank Gov. Beshear for all he has done to aid in the provision of this essential service to unserved residents and citizens of Pike County.”

While in Pike County, the governor also presented a ceremonial check to the Pike County Fiscal Court, which was previously awarded $700,000 last month to install 3,000 feet of electric lines at the Wolfpit Industrial and Technology Park.

“Water is the essence of life,” said Sen. Phillip Wheeler, who represents five counties including Pike County. “As senator for the 31st District, it has been one of my overarching goals to see that every resident has clean, safe drinking water for themselves and their families. While we still have much work to do, this investment represents an important step forward in fulfilling this commitment.  I want to thank members of the Beshear administration for their work with myself and the Pike County Fiscal Court on these important projects.”

“This funding is great news for our region and will really help improve access to safe and reliable drinking water,” said state Rep. Angie Hatton, who represents part of Pike County, along with Letcher County. “I want to thank Gov. Beshear and my legislative colleagues for their work in making critical infrastructure announcements like this possible, because it means a lot as we work together to make Eastern Kentucky an even better place to live.”

“I want to thank Gov. Beshear for traveling to our community to announce this much-needed funding for our region,” said Rep. Ashley Tackett Laferty, whose 95th House District includes part of Pike County. “I’m proud to support this effort, because it helps make sure more of our homes, businesses and schools have the clean and reliable drinking water they absolutely need and deserve.”

“Federal relief funding can be considered a silver lining from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Rep. John Blanton, who represents Knott and Magoffin counties and a portion of Pike County. “This money that was granted to our state has many potential uses, but there are none better than using this funding to better the lives of those who are forced to deal with failing infrastructure on a daily basis. I appreciate the opportunity to share this exciting news with the people of my district, and I look forward to see the infrastructural updates that will happen as a result of our efforts.”

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