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Martin County gets $3.4 million dollar grant to fix water crisis

After months of fighting, Martin County residents will finally have their questions answered.

Governor Matt Bevin and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers have announced a $3.4 million project to help fix the water crisis in Martin County.

“Our team, including the Energy and Environment Cabinet and the Department of Local Government, worked closely with Congressman Rogers to craft a solution that addresses the water supply issues in Martin County,” Bevin said following the announcement.

Since December 15, many citizens of Martin County have seen their water restricted to just ten hours a day, with some having no water whatsoever.

Even before the water shortage, the overall quality of water has been horrible in the area. Back in 2000, an environmental disaster occurred where a coal company allowed 306-million gallons of toxic sludge to enter the water supply, and things have been devastating ever since.

Back in January, Hey Kentucky! crew traveled to the area to interview local residents on the water problems, and even tried to get in contact with several government officials on any potential changes.

KSR then teamed up with God’s Pantry to hold a water drive to help raise awareness and provide clean water to the citizens who have been impacted, along with bringing two truckloads of water to Martin County citizens secured through Feeding America to help with the water crisis. But it was just a temporary fix.

Today, the people of Martin County now have their permanent solution.

According to LEX 18 and various news releases, the project will create various improvements, including the addition of a second water intake in Tug Fork River and updates to the Crum Reservoir.

Well done to those that let their voice be heard and got involved with this project to help make this possible.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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