Daviess works to connect all homes to water lines

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Posted on January 22, 2013 at 9:01 PM

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — Officials in Daviess County have begun making a list of every household without water.

Daviess Judge-Executive Al Mattingly told the Messenger-Inquirer (http://bit.ly/XwgtqE) that the move is aimed at making the county the first in the state to have every home connected to water lines.

"We need to get a real accurate count," Mattingly said Monday. "We're hoping to start extending waterlines to more homes this calendar year."

He said $160,000 in coal severance funding was approved by the state last year to help pay for the extensions, and county officials have approved using all coal several funding received through 2014 to put in water lines. Mattingly said he hopes to partner with rural water districts and homeowners for the rest of the costs to get lines extended — if they agree.

"Some water districts may or may not participate," Mattingly has said. "Some individuals may not be financially able to participate."

Community Services Director Nate Pagan says he is making a list of homes that aren't connected and is asking those who want service to contact him. Late last year, officials estimated there were between 50 and 70 homes without water lines in the county.

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Information from: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, http://www.messenger-inquirer.com

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