Water and sewer upgrades in store for Salyersville and PikevilleApril 5, 2012 by clackey
U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) joined PRIDE, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and local officials on April 4, 2012, to announce progress for water and sewer projects in Salyersville and Pikeville.
In both cities, Project Partnership Agreements were signed for the funding awarded by the Corps of Engineers as part of the PRIDE initiative, which promotes environmental cleanup and education in southern and eastern Kentucky.
“Expanding our water system infrastructure and wastewater treatment facilities is a critical step toward improving our environment, improving public health, and growing our local economy,” said Congressman Rogers, who co-founded PRIDE.
“These communities will no longer have to rely on inefficient wastewater treatment,” Congressman Rogers said. “Improving sanitary sewer services to our hard working families will enhance the quality of life in each of these counties.”
In Salyersville, Mayor James Sheppard and Colonel Robert D. Peterson, District Commander of the Corps of Engineers’ Huntington District, signed a partnership agreement for a water project. The major upgrade to the city’s water treatment facility will remedy a number of recorded deficiencies by the Kentucky Division of Water.
Pikeville Mayor Frank Justice II and Colonel Peterson signed an agreement that kicks off a $16 million sewer project. When complete, the project will increase the city’s total wastewater treatment capacity to four million gallons per day.
The Corps of Engineers funding for these projects 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.