GRAVES COUNTY, KY – If you live in Kentucky you may see some improvements in your drinking water and wastewater in the near future.
The federally funded “Cleaner Water Program” is a grant program that provides the state with US $ 250 million for the projects. The municipalities are now applying for funding.
The funds are awarded in 3 different ways. The state will receive $ 150 million that will be distributed according to the county’s population. McCracken County will receive an additional $ 2.4 million. Marshall County will receive more than $ 1.1 million.
Graves gets more than $ 1.3 million. And Calloway will receive more than $ 1.4 million.
Whether you drink water, flush the toilet or wash your hands, the water infrastructure affects our daily life. Jeremy Buchanan of the Purchase Area Development District said there are locals without public water.
“The push is to try and get people on treated water,” Buchanan said. “So you don’t have the cost of keeping this up and it’s generally considered to be a bit safer.”
Buchanan said the money from the cleaner water program will help preserve aging water infrastructure and expand public water to those who still depend on wells.
“Hopefully you will see better access,” said Buchanan. “More reliable water and sanitation for people who use this money on projects to improve their existing system.”
The right water infrastructure doesn’t just affect water and wastewater. Buchanan believes it will boost economic development.
“It’s very important in real estate development,” said Buchanan. “To see companies grow in places they are not yet, if they want to. Because there are a lot of places you go to go and say, “I wonder why companies have never come here. And in many places it is because there is no public infrastructure there. “
He’s excited to see what these water improvements will do for the area.
The remaining funds include $ 50 million available for grants to provide drinking water services to rural communities under a federal consent decree. The other $ 49.9 million is available to expand access for those who do not have public water.
There is no timetable for when these grants will be approved or when the projects will start. Buchanan thinks it could be months.