Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman visited Letchfield City Hall Monday morning to provide nearly $1 million in clean water grants to local agencies.
Funding comes from Gov. Andy Beshear’s Clean Water Initiative, which supports projects to improve clean water infrastructure in Kentucky communities.
“We believe clean drinking water is a fundamental human right,” Coleman said, adding that Kentucky is in a “unique opportunity” to responsibly invest in its communities.
As part of Beshear’s Better Kentucky Initiative, the Clean Water Program is funded by the American Rescue Program Act and administered by the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA).
At the conclusion of the 2021 convention, $250 million was allocated through a bipartisan agreement on clean drinking water and wastewater grants to fund projects in Kentucky. The Lincoln Trail Regional Development District submitted a funding request for the project to KIA.
According to Coleman, investments in infrastructure such as high-speed internet, clean water, roads and bridges have laid a solid foundation for Kentucky to build its future economy today.
“Infrastructure is how we can help prepare our small communities for job growth,” she said.
At Monday’s event, Coleman provided the following grants to agencies that provide water to Grayson County residents.
$409,305 was awarded to the Grayson County Water District to improve the Caneyville water system.
$306,500 was awarded to the City of Leitchfield to upgrade customer meters.
$63,642 was awarded to the City of Carneville to replace the water mains.
The City of Clarkson was awarded $25,000 to purchase three new pumps and new water testing supplies.
$166,112 was awarded to the Edmondson County Water District, which serves some residents of Grayson County, to improve service to 1,500 households and provide four new services.
Grayson County Judge Executive Kevin Henderson commended local leaders for working together to improve drinking water for their citizens and said Grayson County is grateful to the Governor’s Office, the Lieutenant Governor’s Office and the Department of Local Government for these grants.
“Kentucky families deserve clean water, a basic human right, and access to safe and well-maintained roads, educational opportunities and support when they need help,” Beshear said in a statement. Today’s investment shows what we can achieve when we put our values into action.”