Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Presents $500,000 Grant to Bring Safe, Clean Water to Village of Buckhorn

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, August 28, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Lanny Brannock

Will serve 113 households that rely on wells, springs or hauled water

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today presented a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) that will help bring clean, safe drinking water to the Village of Buckhorn in Perry County.

New water lines will serve 113 households that now rely on wells and springs, or which in some cases have to purchase or haul potable water.

“This project will bring basic water services to a part of our Commonwealth that has been underserved,” said Governor Fletcher. “Access to safe, clean drinking water and adequate infrastructure are important to our goals of building strong communities and raising the standard of living for all Kentuckians.”

The CDBG funds will be used to construct 9.73 miles of water lines to serve the Middle Fork and Squabble Creek areas in northwestern Perry County.

Current water sources in Buckhorn range from drilled and hand-dug wells to springs.  Residents report the water has a high sulfur and iron content. One household in four purchases drinking water or hauls potable water in jugs.

“Infrastructure upgrades in east Kentucky and Perry County have lagged behind the rest of the state,” said Sen. Daniel Mongiardo (D-Hazard). “This project will bring basic, modern conveniences to our residents that many of us take for granted.”

“The time of bringing drinking water home in jugs has long since passed for many of us,” said Rep. Brandon Smith (R-Hazard). “It’s important for these communities to have a reliable source of clean drinking water.”

Kentucky's U. S. Congressional leaders’ continued support of the CDBG program has made the funding available nationally as well as within the commonwealth.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development makes these funds available through the Governor’s Office for Local Development.