Kentucky’s First Congressional District will receive more than $3.4 million for water system improvements, which included the North Marshall Water District.

A release from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development office announced the water district will use a $699,000 grant and $2,715,000 loan to replace undersized water lines, install two new deep wells and new inline control valve, and replace deteriorating pipe and leaking water line. These improvements will allow better flow and distribution for the system.

“Many of our rural water systems are showing their age, and I applaud the efforts of our partners to address issues and make improvements with an eye to the future,” said USDA Rural Development Kentucky State Director Hilda Legg. “Thanks to the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary (Sonny) Perdue, USDA Rural Development continues to be a valuable partner in helping rural businesses and communities across the commonwealth.”

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas.

Barkley Lake Water District will use a $38,100 loan to finish replacing the older, undersized McUpton Pump Station and selected portions of distribution lines with a new, more efficient triplex booster pump station, the release added, as well as approximately three miles of water line to provide increased supply and sufficient pressures.

The remainder will be used for Drakesboro in Muhlenberg County for a $30,000 grant to perform a feasibility study and preliminary engineering report on the sewer collection system and wastewater treatment plant to determine necessary improvements or modifications and the estimated construction costs for developing an improvement or rehabilitation project.

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