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U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) announced today that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), in partnership with the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority, will award $787,390 to the City of Frenchburg to support the city’s Wastewater Treatment Plant Belt Filter Press project. This project is expected to improve water services to 182 households and 67 businesses.

“Expanding our water system infrastructure and wastewater treatment facilities is a critical step toward improving our environment, increasing public health, and growing our local economy,” said Rogers. “These funds will improve water service for our neighbors and businesses in Menifee County so that they no longer have to rely on inefficient and contaminated water treatment techniques. Improving water services to hard working families will enhance the quality of life in Menifee County.”

ARC awarded Frenchburg a $500,000 grant for the wastewater treatment improvement project, which is to be supplemented by $287,390 from the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority – bringing the total project funding to $787,390. The City of Frenchburg currently relies on drying beds for the dewatering of sewage sludge at the wastewater treatment plant. The treatment plant’s drying bed process is not efficient during the wet winter months or rainy weather. Moreover, the city’s wastewater treatment plant discharges into Beaver Creek. The city will use these funds to construct a building enclosure and a skid mounted belt filter press at the Frenchburg wastewater treatment plant so that plant operators can more effectively control sludge buildup and reduce the discharge of pollutants into Beaver Creek.

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