NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (FOX 56) — Gov. Andy Beshear was in Jessamine County Wednesday to award close to $2 million to improve the county’s water systems.
It’s part of the Better Kentucky Plan’s Clean Water Program.
A total of $250 million is being committed to improve drinking water and sewer systems across the state.
In Jessamine County, dollars will be used to upgrade water lines, and address overflows.
Posts on Facebook show dozens of residents expressing their concern about the smell and look of their water. Tanya Simpson is one of those Facebook users.
Simpson moved to Nicholasville with her family in April of 2021, but in the past two months she’s noticed issues with her water.
Simpson said, “I’ve noticed that when the hot water faucet is on, it’s extremely cloudy and it seems like time goes it’s getting worse.”
Simpson said she’s now resorting to extra measures to try and keep the water clear. She added, “We are now boiling our water before we use it and now, I’m having to go and get a filter now because I’m not sure what it is or where it’s coming from.”
In the city of Wilmore, the governor is investing $300,000 to improve water lines.
Wilmore Mayor Harold Rainwater explained how the city will use its funds. Rainwater said, “We’re using ours to clean lines, grout lines, and replace lines that may have surface water and non-treated water running into them.”
Nicholasville is getting close to $900,000 to address infiltration and overflows within its sanitary sewer collection system, improvements residents hope will clear up their water.
Simpson continued, “I have a three-year-old, I have animals that drink from that, and I don’t know what’s in it, I don’t know what’s causing it, so I am concerned.”
Even though residents are reporting weird smells and discoloration with their water, the most recent data from the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection shows that Jessamine County water is in compliance with federal health-based drinking water standards.
In addition to the $250 million being invested in water systems across the state, the clean water program is supposed to create close to 4000 new jobs.