KENTON COUNTY, KY (FOX19) - Kenton County received over $2 million in funding to give households in rural areas access to public water.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) presented a $2,333,000 check to Kenton County officials on Monday. The funding will extend water infrastructure to 135 households in the southern part of the county.
The $3.4 million project will also be supplemented by a $1 million Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) awarded to the Kenton County Fiscal Court.
"USDA is proud to work in partnership with the Kentucky Department for Local Government, the Kenton County Fiscal Court, the Northern Kentucky Area Development District and the Northern Kentucky Water District to expand the community's water system," said USDA Rural Development State Director Tom Fern.
The project will provide safe drinking water to households along 6.7 miles of water line, including homes on Little Cruises Creek Road, Rich Road, Fontana Road, KY 177, Rouse Road, Camp Road, Harbil Road and Lakeview Drive.
Fire hydrants will also be installed every 1,000 feet.
Officials are hopeful construction bids will be secured by the end of 2013 once all approvals, easements and permits are secured.