FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) – U.S. Representative Hal Rogers and Governor Matt Bevin have announced a $3.4 million project to alleviate water supply issues within the Martin County Water District.
The project, announced Saturday, will help provide clean water for the people in Martin County and will be completed by the Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands. Upgrades will include installing a secondary water intake in the Tug Fork River, upgrading the Crum Reservoir dam, installing a new water line from intake to the dam and making improvements to the district’s water treatment plant.
The project will also include a monitoring system which will be installed to allow water plant operators to check on water tanks, pump stations and control valves within the system.
This project hopes to address issues raised by the Kentucky Public Service Commission and the history of water system concerns regarding the Martin County Water District such as low pressure, leaking water lines and meters and financial deficits.
“We have listened to the concerns of the local community, and the grant and corresponding project plan will provide assistance and address needed repairs and improvements within the local water district,” said Governor Matt Bevin, (R) Kentucky.
“While Martin County’s aging water system is in dire need of a gamut of repairs, this funding is a big step in the right direction and helps ensure the people of Martin County will soon have a more reliable, sustainable source of clean drinking water that will include a modernized monitoring system to help prevent future emergencies,” said U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers, (R) Kentucky.
The improvements also plan to address the emergency water outages in Martin County, which many residents experienced during December and January.