A creek in Martin County, Ky., ran bright yellow in April. The state claimed that yellow highway-marking paint was to blame. Photo via Facebook

A creek in Martin County, Ky., ran bright yellow in April. The state claimed that yellow highway-marking paint was to blame. Photo via Facebook.

I received an email from “Food and Water Watch” concerning water issues in Martin County Kentucky which prompted me to do a google search to see what I could find out.  The links below are on the subject which I feel should be noticed. 

The water runs milky and can feel like fire. In this impoverished county, Trump’s $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan may not help (2-12-18)

“I haven’t drunk the water in years,” said Jessica Endicott, 35, general manager at Family Dollar in Warfield, a tiny town on Martin County’s eastern edge. “I don’t cook with it. I don’t boil eggs with it. I don’t even feel safe bathing in it.”

Kentucky community suffering severe water shortage could now see huge water bill increase  (1-25-18) 

Facing widespread unemployment and years of water issues, Martin County residents’ water bill could go up by nearly 50 percent.

Eastern Ky. County Struggling With Water Shortage (1-13-18)

An eastern Kentucky county is conserving water by shutting it off to residents at night, but some have been without running water for days.

Close to $4 Million Slated for Martin County Water Project (2-26-18)

Gov. Matt Bevin and Congressman Hal Rogers this weekend announced plans for a $3.4 million water project in eastern Kentucky.  In all, more than four and a half million dollars will go to address long standing problems in one Appalachian community.

Drinking water problems still plague eastern Kentucky (5-6-16) *Notice the date!

When Rockhouse Creek in Martin County, Ky., ran bright yellow last month, Tomahawk resident Gina Patrick said she had one major concern: that the pollution might ruin her water well.  Patrick has relied on well water her whole life and didn’t want to pay to be hooked up to the municipal water system. That’s because the Martin County Water District is one of the worst water infrastructure systems in the state in terms of water quality and water loss.

Kentucky ranks poorly in new water quality study (5-2-17)

Kentucky fares poorly in a new report by a big national environmental group that analyzed safe drinking water violations across the country.  No state in the nation in 2015 had a larger segment of its population — 53 percent — getting its water from utilities with at least one violation of federal safety regulations, the Natural Resources Defense Council found. Only Puerto Rico was higher, at 69 percent.

Threats on Tap: Widespread Violations Highlight Need for Investment in Water Infrastructure and Protections    an interactive map available here.


Kentucky senator asks for state of emergency declaration due to water issues (1-16-18)     (audio included)

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