FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet has announced an $850,000 grant from the Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands (KDAML) will be used to design and construct a drinking water line to serve approximately 58 homes along Runnels Branch, in central Knott County.
The grant, which uses funds from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), was issued to the Knott County Water and Sewer District (KCWSD), which will install over 7,000 feet of water supply pipeline later this year or early 2019, with KDAML oversight.
Kentucky Rep. John Blanton, of Salyersville, was instrumental in securing funding for the project. “Kentucky is fortunate to have a program to help provide coal field residents with a municipal water supply,” Representative Blanton said. “I look forward to the completion of this project.”
KDAML Director Bob Scott stated, “The KY DAML Waterline Program will continue to provide assistance to communities in need when their water supply has been impacted by eligible coal mining.”