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McCreary County: Williamsburg Street sewer project is complete

Completion of the Williamsburg Street sewer project was celebrated on April 5, 2012, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 5. Left to right: Maynard New (McCreary County Water Board of Commissioners), Colonel Robert D. Peterson (District Commander of the Corps of Engineers’ Huntington District), McCreary County Judge-Executive Doug Stephens, Congressman Hal Rogers, Steve Owens (Manager and Superintendent of the McCreary County Water District), State Representative Sara Beth Gregory, Butler Waters (McCreary County Water Board of Commissioners), and Coy Taylor (McCreary County Water Board of Commissioners).

U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) joined PRIDE, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and local officials on April 5, 2012, to celebrate the completion of McCreary County Water District’s $1.2 million sewer expansion project along Williamsburg Street.

The project has brought a reliable source of sanitary sewer to approximately 145 households and eliminated an estimated 50 failing septic systems and 30 straight pipes.

The project was funded primarily by the Corps of Engineers as part of the PRIDE initiative, which promotes environmental cleanup and education in southern and eastern Kentucky.

“This new sanitary sewer treatment project not only eliminated the environmental contamination of dozens of straight pipes and failing septic systems, it provides confidence to about 145 families with a reliable source for sewer service,” said Congressman Rogers, who co-founded PRIDE.

“Improving the infrastructure in McCreary County will go a long way to improve public health and grow the local economy,” Congressman Rogers said. “Every family deserves to have access to sanitary sewer, and today, dozens of communities across our region now have that basic necessity thanks to the partnership between PRIDE and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.”

Congressman Rogers spoke at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at McCreary County Park in Whitley City. He was joined by McCreary County Judge-Executive Doug Stephens, PRIDE’s Tammie Wilson, and Colonel Robert D. Peterson, District Commander of the Corps of Engineers’ Huntington District.

The Corps of Engineers funding for the project was awarded through the Section 531 Program for design and construction of water-related environmental infrastructure in Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District. The Section 531 Program was established by Congressman Rogers as part of the PRIDE initiative, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this year.

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