Pulaski County receives almost $5.2 million to protect water service

SOMERSET, Ky. (WTVQ) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development has awarded close to $5.2 million to replace deteriorating Pulaski County water lines and protect water service.

The federal funding will be used by the Western Pulaski County Water District to install about eight miles of water transmission lines, relocate a pump station and upgrade another pump station to replace undersized and deteriorating water lines, eliminate leaks and improve water service for rural Pulaski County customers.

“Our region’s water and wastewater infrastructure must always be a top priority, for both our health and our economy. Countless water systems across southern and eastern Kentucky are experiencing water leaks as lines begin to age and deteriorate, so this funding from USDA-Rural Development will help our small communities replace failing lines and make necessary repairs to shore up the water system for our people and our businesses,” said Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers. “I take great pride in the progress that we’ve made over the last four decades to expand water service to more people in southern and eastern Kentucky than ever before.”

Included in the USDA funding is a grant for $725,000 and a $4,472,000 low-interest loan to finish the project.

Across the country, the USDA is financing $307 million for projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. By taking out outdated pipes and service lines to protect public health and safety in rural communities, it will help improve rural infrastructure for 250,000 residents and businesses nationwide.

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