Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Delivers Funding to Bring Clean, Safe Drinking Water to Lee County Households

Press Release Date:  Saturday, October 20, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Lanny Brannock

Clean water ‘essential to good health and economic development,’ Governor says

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today announced a $500,000 Kentucky Infrastructure Authority grant for the city of Beattyville – part of a $1.46 million project to install nine miles of water lines to underserved areas of Lee County.

“A strong community has clean, safe drinking water,” Governor Fletcher said. “Clean water is essential to good health and economic development. Providing important basic services like municipal water service has been a priority of my administration, and this project is another example.”

Five thousand miles of water line has been laid in Kentucky in the last four years. Ninety-two percent of Kentuckians have access to community water systems – a gain of 10 percentage points since 1999

The $500,000 grant will fund water line extensions to the Old Landing area in northeastern Lee County and several other short extensions, including Burton Bend Drive, Airdale Loop, Route 11 North, Bear Den Hollow, Fox Hollow, Big Branch, Pinnacle, Branson Hollow, Rock Lick, Lower Twin Fork and Bean Fork Road. The water line extensions will serve 44 households.

“It’s vital that we provide a clean source of drinking water to our citizens,” said Sen. Robert Stivers (R-Manchester). “I’m extremely pleased this project will go forward and I know the people who live in the rural areas of Beattyville are excited about the upgraded water service.”

“Water service is vital in our rural areas, and this project will improve the health and living conditions of those who benefit from it,” said Rep. Teddy Edmonds (D-Jackson).

The Kentucky Infrastructure Authority is administratively attached to the Governor’s Office for Local Development.