Governor's Office for Local Development

Press Release Date:  Monday, November 19, 2007  
Contact Information:  Lanny Brannock
Public Information Officer

Funding will serve Watts area

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today announced a $1 million Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to the Breathitt County Fiscal Court for construction of 12 miles of waterline, two water storage tanks and a booster pump station to serve the Watts area of the county.

“Access to basic infrastructure that provides good, clean drinking water is one of the keys to making Kentucky a better place to live and work,” said Governor Fletcher. “The community of Watts will benefit from this project for decades to come.”

The residents of Watts currently use hand-dug and drilled wells as their source of water. Many of the area homes use expensive water softening systems that do not treat bacteria or filter out sulfur and iron. The project will serve approximately 237 customers.

“This is an important project for our citizens who have gone for too long without basic services like treated water,” said Sen. Johnny Ray Turner (D-Drift). “This project will improve the quality of life and eliminate many of the health risks associated with untreated well water.”

 “This is exciting news to our citizens for this project to go forward,” said Rep. Teddy Edmonds (D-Jackson). “Basic services like good, clean drinking water have eluded some of our rural areas for too long, and I’m pleased this project will move forward.”

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.