FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Appalachian Regional Commission approved a grant for $243,000 to the City of Olive Hill to repair and replace components of its aging water system and address health concerns in the city’s downtown area.
The cast iron waterline dates back to the early 1960s and is the oldest part of the water system. Two surveys estimate a 45-50 percent water loss because of corroded piping.
The project includes 7,400 linear feet of waterline, and will replace the cast iron line with PVC, install new fire hydrants and provide additional capacity to stabilize water volume.
“I am glad that funding was facilitated for much-needed repairs to the water system and replacement of some of the antiquated water lines in Olive Hill. Every Kentuckian deserves reliable, safe drinking water,” said Sen. Robin Webb, D-Grayson.
“The investment in Olive Hill will increase pressure and remove water loss. It brings efficiency and reliability to citizens and businesses alike — improving the quality of life,” said Rep. Jill York, R-Grayson.
The ARC program provides assistance for residential infrastructure projects, water supply and wastewater treatment projects to assist in alleviating environmental and public health concerns and improving the quality of life for local residents.