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McCreary Water District Lands ARC Grant

Grant will improve service to 860 households and 240 businesses

By Eugenia Jones
eugenia@highland.net

On Tuesday, Governor Andy Beshear announced $3,000,394 in Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grants for six projects in Central and Eastern Kentucky including $444,940 for McCreary County.
In McCreary County, the McCreary County Water District will use the $444,940 in ARC funding to improve the wastewater collection system, which will better serve 860 households and 240 businesses. The project will replace existing sewer lines and influent pumps, construct an equalization system and upgrade the current lift station to better support the expanding industrial sector in McCreary County.
According to Stephen Whitaker, McCreary County Water Manager/Supervisor, the funding will be of great benefit to the county.
“I think it is amazing,” Whitaker said. “It’s wonderful, and it is funding we really need. There are several people and organizations such as Fibrotex who were instrumental in securing this grant.”
Communities receiving funds are McCreary and Green Counties, Albany, Paintsville, Pikeville, and Whitesburg. The grant funding is administered by the Department for Local Government (DLG).

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