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U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) announced today that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority and the Kentucky Coal Severance fund, will award $1,648,973 to the City of Salyersville to upgrade the region’s water systems. This project is expected to improve water services to 3,900 households and 123 businesses.

“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 and businesses in Magoffin County so that they no longer have to rely on aging waterlines. Improving water services to hard working families will enhance the quality of life in Magoffin County.”

ARC awarded Salyersville a $404,209 grant for the water system improvements project. This funding will be supplemented by a $350,000 Kentucky Infrastructure Authority grant, a $600,000 HUD Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), $250,000 from the Kentucky Coal Severance fund and $44,764 to be rolled over from previous water projects – bringing total project funding to $1,648,973. The City of Salyersville will use this funding to complete the replacement of an aging water main and will replace undersized water mains throughout the city. HUD’s CDBG program provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs.

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