Governor's Office for Local Development
GOVERNOR FLETCHER DELIVERS CLEAN WATER FUNDS FOR 740 KNOTT COUNTY HOUSEHOLDS
Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today announced $2.5 million in funding for the Carr Creek Water Treatment Plant Project. Knott County and the city of Hindman received a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in the amount of $2 million and an Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant in the amount of $500,000 for the project.
“Every citizen across the commonwealth deserves access to clean drinking water,” said Governor Fletcher. “I am committed to meeting the infrastructure needs of Kentucky and am proud to award Knott County and Hindman this funding.”
Funding will be used to construct a 2.0 million gallon-per-day (MGD) water treatment plant. The plant will initially serve 740 households in the Irishman Creek area of Knott County.
Sen. Johnny Ray Turner (D-Drift) said, “Knott County has a need for greater accessibility to a public water supply. This funding is vitally important for the well-being of many Knott County citizens.”
Less than one-fifth of Knott County residents have access to public water. The majority of residents without service use wells that have been degraded by mining or other problems.
“Clean water is essential for the health of our citizens,” said Rep. Ancel Smith (D-Leburn). “I am pleased that Knott County has received this funding.”
The Carr Creek Reservoir was originally built as a flood control project, but is capable of providing abundant amounts of drinking water. The plant will serve as a back-up water source for the city of Hindman, which has a history of drought susceptibility.
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 GOLD, which administers the CDBG Small Cities program in Kentucky.
ARC is a federal-state economic development program used to meet infrastructure needs as well as to support education, workforce development, leadership and civic capacity building, entrepreneurship, asset-based development and affordable and accessible health care. ARC is federally funded and available to Kentucky’s 51 most eastern and south-central counties. Applications for ARC funds are submitted to GOLD.