WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and U.S. Congressman James Comer (KY-01) announced today the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) awarded $400,000 for Albany for water infrastructure upgrades.

The projects will be funded by an ARC program, established by Senator McConnell, for water and other infrastructure priorities in distressed counties throughout Central Appalachia. These communities have received more than $40 million from this ARC fund.

“State-of-the-art water infrastructure can greatly improve the quality of life for families in Kentucky. I’m proud the ARC program I established is investing in many of our Commonwealth’s rural communities,” said Senator McConnell. “The improved water lines, meters, and facilities can help cut costs for Kentucky families while providing vital, dependable services. With Congressman Comer, I’m proud to continue delivering for Kentucky communities and local businesses.”

“This federal investment in Clinton County’s infrastructure will provide much-needed improvements to water access in the Duvall Valley region, which has suffered from water shortages that have negatively affected local residents and businesses,” said Congressman Comer. “Access to a reliable water supply is critical to health and quality of life, and I applaud our local officials for working closely with the federal government to address this issue.”

To address frequent water shortages and low pressure in the Duvall Valley region, Albany intends to replace nearly 45,000 linear feet of water lines for increased capacity, replace a pump station and construct a 500,000-gallon elevated water storage tank. In addition to the ARC funding, Albany is expected to receive $3 million from the Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Pilot Program to compete the project.