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A Christmas wish: Citizens of Martin County want clean water flowing from the tap

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Clean water flowing from the tap still is a luxury for many residents of Martin County who continue to experience the ripple effects of a 2000 coal slurry spill.  

Nina McCoy, chair of Martin County Concerned Citizens, says the disaster uncovered the water company’s deteriorating infrastructure, which has still not been resolved.  

McCoy says cracked,...

PSC grants Martin County Water rate increase but orders troubled utility to obtain outside management

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has granted Martin County Water District a permanent rate increase, while also ordering the district to contract with an outside party to manage the troubled utility. In an order issued Monday, the PSC told Martin County Water that a failure to comply with the terms of the order could prompt the commission to either force a merger with another water system...

Public Service Commission grants emergency rate increase for Martin County Water District

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has granted Martin County Water District an emergency rate increase in order to stave off the utility’s financial collapse. In an order issued today, the PSC granted Martin County Water an annual revenue increase of about 26.5 percent, consisting of an increase in base rates and a separate surcharge that will be used by the utility to reduce its unpaid...

Rogers, Bevin announce $3.4 million project to address water supply issues in Martin County

U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) and Gov. Matt Bevin have announced a $3.4 million project to alleviate water supply issues within the Martin County Water District. The project will help secure clean water for the people of Martin County and will be administered by the Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands (KY DAML), which has received preliminary approval from the U.S. Office...

State PSC opens third investigation of troubled Martin County Water District

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has opened an investigation of the operations and management of Martin County Water District. In an order issued Monday, the PSC cited longstanding concerns about the district which have not been addressed or have resurfaced in recent years. “In numerous inspections and investigations (at Martin County Water District) since the late 1990s, the (PSC) has...