Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Ernie Fletcher Recommends ARC Funding for a Water Treatment Plant

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, May 03, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

            Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today recommended for funding a $400,000 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant for the Hyden-Leslie County Water District.  Funds will be used for the expansion of the Hyden-Leslie County Water Treatment Plant.

            “My administration is working to ensure that safe, clean water is available for all Kentucky residents,” said Governor Fletcher.  “The expansion of this water treatment plant will serve additional residents in the area.”

            ARC funds will be used to expand the Water Treatment Plant from one million gallons per day (MGD) capacity to a two MGD capacity.  Plans also include the construction of a one MGD water storage tank.

             “This funding will supply potable drinking water to many Leslie County residents,” said Senator Daniel Mongiardo (D-Hazard).  “I am pleased to see this funding awarded.”

            “This project will affect Clay, Leslie and Perry counties and will be important to the well-being of all the citizens in the region.  Clean water is important to our families and businesses,” said Senator Robert Stivers (R-Manchester).

            The expansion of the water treatment plant will provide potable water to an existing 2,600 households and potentially serve another 800 households currently petitioning for water service.  This project is expected to eliminate many health problems relating to poor water quality in the area.

            “Basic water service is vitally important to the good health of our citizens,” said Representative Tim Couch (R-Hyden).  “This funding will mean a lot to many Leslie Countians.”

            Representative Brandon Smith (R-Hazard) noted, “Clean water is a commodity that many of us take for granted.  Now, many households in this region will enjoy this amenity.”

            Governor Fletcher is the current ARC States’ Co-Chair.  As states’ co-chair, Governor Fletcher is responsible for representing the 13 ARC governors before Congress and the Bush Administration; serve as a member of various ARC committees; and provide guidance on policy and administrative issues concerning the commission. 

            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.  The funding status of the project is pending approval from the federal level.