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August 4, 2014

More than 200,000 rural Kentuckians have no access to public water systems

Residents of many remote areas in Kentucky don't have public water — and there is little chance they will get it anytime soon. Debbie and Mike Weiner can see Cave Run Lake from their house, but they depend on rainfall for their water. Rainwater runs off the roof to their gutters and through pipes to collect in an underground, 1,000-gallon cistern in the backyard. The water is then pumped into the house for bathing, washing clothes and the toilet. They use only bottled water for drinking and cooking.

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