SANDY HOOK, Ky. — U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) announced a dual investment of more than $3 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA-RD) for construction of a new Water Treatment Plant in Elliott County. Congressman Rogers made the announcement during a community event at the Elliott County High School Auditorium, along-side local and state leaders, including Hilda Legg, President Trump’s appointee as Kentucky Director of USDA-RD.
The Rural Development investment includes a $2 million grant and a $1 million loan to construct a larger plant with the capacity of 500,000-gallons-per-day, as well as a new 50,000-gallon above ground clear well. The funding will also be used to replace three miles of problematic waterlines and to rehabilitate a pump station and an existing water tank. These efforts will help provide a safe and dependable supply of water for individuals and families in rural Elliott County, one of Kentucky’s persistent poverty counties.
“One of my top priorities for the people of Eastern Kentucky has always been expanding access to clean, reliable water in every community in our rural Appalachian region. This funding gets us a step ahead in Elliott County, preparing for greater access and improving the integrity of the water we already have in Sandy Hook,” said Congressman Rogers. “This week, USDA Rural Development has invested more than $10 million in Eastern Kentucky communities to advance reliable water infrastructure in Elliott and Morgan counties, and to help create jobs in Rowan County. All of these projects work together to build a better future in Eastern Kentucky, laying the ground work for more jobs and opportunities for our people.”
“Expanding a water system is no small feat, and I applaud Sandy Hook Water District for having the vision to plan for future needs. Clean water and reliable wastewater infrastructure are part of the backbone of rural economic development and good quality of life,” said Mrs. Legg. “Water districts that practice sound management and keep their systems in good health will be there to continue serving their communities for decades.”
“This funding puts our long-time plans for a new water treatment plant into motion, and it will ensure that our families and businesses won’t have to worry about waterline breaks or a lack of water pressure,” said Myron Lewis, Elliott County Judge Executive. “We are greatful for partners like Congressman Rogers and Hilda Legg who advocate for the people of Elliott County and help us plan ahead.”
Congressman Rogers also provided an update regarding the CARES Act, the federal government’s COVID-19 rescue package. So far, at least $821,000 have been approved for Morgan County through the Paycheck Protection Program, saving more than 30 local jobs. Other local businesses have also received $389,000 through the Provider Relief Fund.