Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) announced today the commitment of $1 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for a Pike County water supply project.
“Completion of this project will eliminate a serious health threat for hundreds of Kentuckians,” said Governor Fletcher. “Many of the area’s supply wells contain water with high levels of aluminum, iron and magnesium. The residents of Johns Creek deserve safe drinking water from a reliable source.”
The project consists of the construction of 57,900 linear feet of water line for the Miller Creek, Joes Creek, and along Highway 194 in Johns Creek in Pike County. A 20,000 gallon skid tank and a pump station are also included in the project. The new lines will provide water to nearly 300 customers.
"I commend the Governor for funding this project, which addresses a serious health issue," said Senator Ray S. Jones II, D-Pikeville, who asked Fletcher to provide the funding. "Many of the people of Johns Creek have been waiting for clean water all their lives, and thanks to Governor Fletcher they will soon have it. I certainly appreciate the Governor's assistance and look forward to working with him in the upcoming session."
GOLD Commissioner Darrell Brock, Jr. said the Mountain Water District, the agency that will own and operate the new lines, has worked hard to secure additional funding for the project from other federal agencies. The project totals $2.3 million.
“Infrastructure projects are expensive, so it’s extremely helpful when state and federal government agencies collaborate on these kinds of projects in order to be successful,” said Brock.
Pike County Judge/Executive William Deskins said, “We are thrilled to have Governor Fletcher travel to Pike County and deliver a million dollars to provide clean water for our community. It’s a great day in Pike County.”
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development makes funds available through GOLD, the agency that administers the CDBG Small Cities program in Kentucky.