FRANKFORT - Gov. Steve Beshear Friday announced funding for water supply projects in several Eastern Kentucky counties. Residents living along or in KY HWY 476 (Breathitt), Mudlick/Franks Creek (Johnson), Paintsville Lake area (Johnson), Dry Creek/Clear Creek (Knott), Treadway Road (Lee/Owsley), Trace Fork/Spicy Ridge (Martin), Whoopflarea (Owsley/Perry), South Perry (Perry) and Vicco (Perry/Letcher) should be noticing the construction of a water supply project funded by the Division of Abandoned Mine Lands in their communities.
The projects, totaling about $16 million, will provide potable water to approximately 1,393 households, including all the households in Johnson County that are served by Paintsville Utilities when the new water treatment plant comes on line in 2012, according to press release from the governor's office.
Additional funding, about $12 million, has been set aside by DAML for six future waterline projects to serve residents in Breathitt (Copeland, Duck Hollow & River Caney), Knott (portions of Clear Creek & Arnolds Fork), Letcher (Pine Creek, Cram Creek, & some of Pert Creek) Perry (Big Branch Rt. 2447) and Wolfe counties (Campton to Bethany, Mary and Flat) and will provide approximately 914 households in these rural, local communities with access to potable water.