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U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) announced today that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), in partnership with the Abandoned Mine Land and Kentucky Coal Severance funds will award $937,500 to the City of Jackson to upgrade its water systems. This project is expected to improve water services to 339 households and 186 businesses in the City of Jackson and surrounding Breathitt County.

“Expanding our water system infrastructure is a critical step toward improving our environment, increasing public health, and growing our local economy,” said Rogers. “These funds will vastly improve the quality of water flowing to our neighbors and businesses in Breathitt County through targeted enhancements at our local water treatment plant. Improving water services to hard working families will enhance the quality of life for all residents of Breathitt County and be a source of pride in our community.”

ARC awarded the City of Jackson a $500,000 grant for the water system improvements project. The important funding will be supplemented by $250,000 from the Abandoned Mine Land fund, $150,000 from the Kentucky Coal Severance fund, and $37,500 from the City of Jackson – bringing the total project funding to $937,500. The City will use this funding to enhance the new water treatment plant with the construction of a 200,000 gallon storage tank, 5,440 linear feet of waterline, and a new pump station.

Throughout his tenure in the House of Representatives, Rogers has worked to secure funding for water improvement projects in the fifth congressional district. In 1997, Rogers founded Eastern Kentucky PRIDE to promote Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment in 38 counties. PRIDE unites citizens with the resources of federal, state and local governments to improve water quality in the region, clean up illegal trash and solid waste that would pollute local rivers and streams, and promote environmental awareness and education in our communities.

Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information visit