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Governor Beshear announces $1.1 million loan to replace water tanks in Whitesburg

Published: Aug. 6, 2020 at 9:08 PM EDT
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Update 8/10/2020

City of Whitesburg Mayor James Craft told WYMT two water tanks are set to be replaced. He said the tanks were built in the 1970′s and are starting to show signs of age.

The mayor said the city has spent years maintaining the water tanks and the upkeep can get costly.

“For every gallon that it leaks, we have built that and paid for it and so it costs money,” explained Craft. “We can see a light at the end of that tunnel because that’s been a problem for a long, long time,” added Craft.

Craft also added the water tanks have been on the city’s radar for 20 years. The mayor does not know when the city can begin on the project because it is waiting for the money. Once the city receives the funds, then it will begin on the project.

Original Story

FRANKFORT Ky. (WYMT) - Thursday Governor Andy Beshear declared the five project loans of the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA) worth $7,230,900. The loans will implement a beneficial structure for wastewater and the sewer system.

“Every city and county in Kentucky should have reliable wastewater and sewer systems,” said Gov. Beshear. “I’m glad these five cities can make necessary updates and provide more reliable service to their communities.”

Whitesburg will expand its storage by replacing two water tanks, this comes from a $1.1 million Fund F loan. Providing service to 1,400 households enabling the city to wholesale water to the Letcher County water and sewer district.

“I am absolutely delighted that KIA decided to help us with these water tank replacements,” said Whitesburg Mayor James Craft. “They are outdated, leaking and costing the city money. And now we can use this loan to replace them and be on our way for another 20 to 30 years. This is a major step for our city.”

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