Breathitt County Receives $750,000 from Appalachian Regional Commission

Press Release - 04/04/2019

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 4, 2019) – The Department for Local Government (DLG) has announced a $750,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to the Breathitt County Water District. The federal funds will allow the district to extend water service to four areas located near the city of Jackson, as well as repair aging water monitoring equipment and repair several water storage tanks.

The project includes the installation of more than 16,000 linear feet of waterline along War Shoal Road, Old Bailey Hollow, Robinson Fork Road and Road Fork Road. The federal funds will cover the full cost of the project.

“In addition to bringing service to more than 30 households that currently don’t have access to public water, the project is expected to improve service for more than 1,800 existing customers,” DLG Commissioner Sandra K. Dunahoo said. “This impact of these system improvements will be felt throughout the county, and I’m pleased to award these funds today.”

“Expanding water service and maintaining infrastructure amid Breathitt County’s mountainous terrain has proven difficult and costly in the past, so this federal grant funding is a huge win,” Sen. Brandon Smith said. “I’d like to thank the Department for Local Government and the Appalachian Regional Commission for their assistance with this project.”

“Connecting to county water will help alleviate issues of hard water and high iron concentrations for the 30 or so homes that are currently served by private wells and will receive service through this project,” Rep. Cluster Howard said. “I look forward to seeing how this project improves water quality for Breathitt County residents. I appreciate Commissioner Dunahoo and her hard work to help get this done."

About the Appalachian Regional Commission

The Appalachian Regional Commission is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 420 counties across the Appalachian Region. ARC's mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia to help the Region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation.

About the Department for Local Government

Funds are administered by DLG, an arm of the Office of the Governor dedicated to supporting local officials and communities. To learn more about CDBG and other grant opportunities available through DLG, visit


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