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$500,000 grant will help get water to Eolia area

Gov. Andy Beshear this week announced a $500,000 Appalachian Regional Commission grant to extend water lines from Cumberland into Letcher County.

Cumberland will use $ 500,000 to upgrade 10,000 linear feet of distribution lines from the Cumberland Water Treatment Plant along U.S. Highway 119 and will connect the Letcher County Water and Sewer District with Cumberland’s system. Construction also includes building two water pump stations and a 157,000-gallon water storage tank. The upgrades will prevent water loss, frequent waterline breaks and contamination. The upgrades are expected to improve water service for five businesses and 200 households, and provide new water service for 150 households in Collier’s Creek at Partridge.

In addition to the ARC funding, the project also includes $800,000 in local funds for a total of $1.3 million in total project funding.

“The citizens of the Tri-Cities and neighboring communities in Letcher County are deserving of these funds that will provide a safe, reliable source of clean water,” Cumberland Mayor Charles Raleigh said. “We are grateful for the collaborative efforts of Gov. Andy Beshear, Congressman Hal Rogers and Sen. Mitch McConnell to provide this ARC grant. Without it, a project of this size would be cost prohibitive. Many small steps have been taken over nearly 10 years to obtain this grant and it is a dream come true to see it becoming a reality.”

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