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Construction to begin on Eastern Ky. water-treatment system

Construction is scheduled to start Monday on a water treatment system for Vicco, Red Oak, Rowdy Hollow and Sassafras on the Knott-Perry county line, the state Division of Abandoned Mine Lands announced.

Groundwater pollution from coal mining has contaminated wells, according to a press release. The $2.2 million water supply project will include a public water line, a water-storage tank, water meters for about 74 residences, booster pump stations, a transmission main from a new water treatment plant on Carr Creek Reservoir, and the extension of the transmission line into Perry County. The work will be done by G&W Construction of Morehead, Kentucky Glass-Lined Tank Inc. of Lexington, and RM Johnson Engineering.

The project is expected to be completed in April 2010 and will be owned and operated by the Knott County Water and Sewer District and the city of Vicco in Perry County. In Kentucky, Knott County has one of the lowest percentages of residents with access to municipal water systems, Judge-Executive Randy Thompson said in a press release Thursday.