Potable water coming to over 130 homes in Letcher County
The Kentucky Department of Natural Resources Division of Abandoned Mine Lands has announced that over 130 homes in Letcher County will soon see potable water in areas that have seen well water impacted by mining. The contract has been awarded for the Payne Gap Phase three AML water supply project. The 3 million dollar project will include water line installation and filter upgrades at the Jenkins water treatment plant. The Abandon Mine Lands division determined that mining decades ago impacted much of the groundwater along state routes 119 and 3406 at the head of the North Fork of the Kentucky River and Bottom Fork, making them eligible for the water upgrades.