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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 and other local entities, will award $768,000 to the Whitley County Water District water system improvement project, expected to result in new service for 72 households.

“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 extend waterlines to more of our neighbors in Whitley County so that they no longer have to rely on contaminated well water. Improving water services to hard working families will enhance the quality of life in Whitley County.”

ARC awarded the Whitley County Water District a $384,000 grant for the water system improvements project. In addition to this funding, the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority is providing a $354,000 grant, and local sources are providing a $30,000 from tap fees, bringing the total project funding to $768,000. The Whitley County Water District requested the funding to extend waterlines by 38,400 linear feet along six rural roads in the county. The project is critical for the Water District to extend water service to unserved areas and regionalize the water distribution system. 
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. To date, Rogers has secured more than $193 million for these important initiatives.

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