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City of McKee to recieve $160,000 in federal funds for water infrastructure from Appalachian Regional Commission

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Published: Jul. 19, 2021 at 7:12 PM EDT
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McKee, Ky. (WYMT) - The City of McKee is set to receive $160,000 for a water system high service pump replacement project. This money will be used to replace two aging pumps, providing reliable water access to businesses and households.

“I’m thrilled for folks in McKee and the nearly 100 businesses that will benefit from a continuous, reliable supply of clean water as a result of this project. The ARC is helping many of our rural cities, like McKee, protect local water systems by repairing and replacing aging lines and equipment across southern and eastern Kentucky. Clean, reliable water is not only a core necessity for good health but also for the health of our economy and the businesses that rely upon it,” said Congressman Hal Rogers. “Senator McConnell and I have worked together to protect ARC funding year after year, ensuring that critical federal dollars are set aside to meet our basic needs in Kentucky’s Appalachian region.”

The funds come from an Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) infrastructure program set up to provide resources to communities throughout central Appalachia.

“Clean and accessible water services play a crucial role in paving the way for Jackson County’s development and growth. Every Kentucky family deserves access to high-quality water services, which is why I established a funding program focused on water and other infrastructure in Central Appalachia’s distressed counties,” said Senator Mitch McConnell. “I’ve been proud to work with my friend Congressman Hal Rogers to direct vital federal funds to Jackson County and the entire Appalachian region. We will continue to fight in Congress for the bright future of this area and its residents.”

“With this federal funding, our community will be able to provide the fresh and reliable water our residents need to thrive. Senator McConnell’s program encouraging investment in infrastructure was instrumental to achieving this funding and fixing these pumps,” said McKee Mayor John Tompkins. “I am proud to work with Senator McConnell and Congressman Rogers to boost our region’s economic development. Their help is crucial to providing the funds needed to repair our infrastructure and deliver a better quality of life for McKee families.”

This ARC fund has provided more than $60 million for communities throughout the region.

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