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Posted: Friday, 08 November 2013 1:00PM

Water Officials Appear Before General Assembly

Water association officials say over 850-million dollars has been appropriated by the Kentucky General Assembly between 2000 and 2010 for water projects in the Commonwealth. Kentucky Rural Water Association Executive director Gary Larimore told the Interim Joint Committee on Natural Resources and Environment that much of the funding that has helped expand safe drinking water to rural areas has come from coal severance and tobacco settlement dollars. Kentucky also receives considerable funding from the federal government, especially the USDA.

The state of Kentucky is served by over 410 public water systems in the Commonwealth. Kentucky’s five largest systems serve most of the state with water from surface water sources like rivers, reservoirs, and lakes, while another 1.53-million Kentuckians use mostly groundwater as their water source. Larimore was one of several who testified before the committee on water and wastewater issues facing Kentucky.

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