Frankfort, KY – The residents of west Anderson County will finally have access to safe drinking water.
Governor Ernie Fletcher announced today the approval of $971,000 in the form of a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to improve the area’s water infrastructure by converting the current cistern method to a safer waterline distribution system.
“This funding means that 95 percent of Anderson countians will have access to safe, reliable drinking water,” said Fletcher. “The availability of water service is essential for Kentucky families and a critical component to recruiting economic development opportunities.”
Recent water source testing found that the cisterns contained alarmingly high level of bacteria. “Over 95 percent of the water tested was found to have water contamination,” said GOLD Commissioner Darrell Brock. “This is unacceptable.”
The Phase VI Water Expansion Project funding includes the construction 34 miles of four inch water lines to serve nine areas of the western portion of the county. In addition, a 50,000 gallon elevated water storage tank and a booster pump station will be constructed.
Anderson County has used state and local dollars to leverage other investments into the project, including funds from the Tobacco Development, Rural Development county and tap fees. Half of the nearly $2 million project is the result of local leaders aggressiveness in seeking additional funding.
“For five years, it has been a goal of mine to bring potable water to all of Anderson County residents,” said Anderson County Judge-Executive Antony Stanton. “This grant brings us one step closer to that reality.”
Community Development Block Grants are a federal grant program administered by the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) to enhance the quality of life for Kentucky communities.