Gov. Andy Beshear announces clean water and sewer projects in Eastern Kentucky

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Published: Mar. 16, 2022 at 3:59 PM EDT
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SOMERSET, Ky. (WYMT) - Joined by local leaders, Governor Andy Beshear stopped in two regional counties on Wednesday to announce funding for water and sewer improvements.

The funding comes from his Better Kentucky Plan’s Cleaner Water Program and will pay for projects in Clay, Laurel, Pulaski and Somerset counties.

”As counties, and cities and counties, as a region, or as an entire state we get a lot more done when we stop competing with, and instead work with, one another,” said Gov. Beshear.

The Cleaner Water Program aims to improve drinking water and wastewater. It is part of the Governor’s $1.3 billion Building a Better Kentucky Plan, with goals to expand broadband, deliver clean drinking water and build new schools.

”If you don’t have the water and the wastewater, you don’t have the capacity that is needed,” Gov. Beshear said. “It is hard to bring in a several hundred million dollar project like Horse Soldier Bourbon or so many others.”

Local leaders shared thanks for the grants and optimism for the projects they will fund.

”We have an opportunity now to make sure that everybody in the county has clean water, pure water,” said Laurel County Judge-Executive David Westerfield. “What we better know as city water. And also gives us a chance to extend our sewer out into the community more.”

Additional projects were announced.

Funding through the Department for Local Government (DLG) will start projects to make improvements at Levi Jackson Wilderness Park and Pulaski County Park. Finally, funding through the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) will help road improvement projects in McCreary County.

The water program is the first of the three to accept applications since Gov. Beshear and Kentucky lawmakers reached a bi-partisan agreement at the close of the 2021 General Assembly to invest federal relief funds in infrastructure.

View water and wastewater infrastructure financial allocations.

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