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House Approves Yarmuth's $492,200 Request for Shively

 

Funding will Provide Relief for 1,500 Households Plagued by Sewer Overflow


(Washington, DC) Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) announced today that the House of Representatives has approved his request for $492,500 for 21,000 feet of new sanitary interceptor sewers to replace Shively’s outdated pump stations.

For the last five years, about 2 million gallons of sewage have overflowed into the homes and businesses of Shively’s 1,500 residents.  In addition to the tremendous cost and hassle of cleaning up the spills, residents have sited the unsanitary conditions that result from the regular filth and stench.

“The people of Shively deserve to raise their families in sanitary conditions and should not have to constantly worry about sewer overflow,” Congressman Yarmuth said.  “I’m very pleased that we were able to secure this funding.”

Currently, Metropolitan Sewer District spends about $100,000 yearly to pump sewage into tanker trucks in an effort to prevent overflow for area families, but have experienced only moderate success due to the tremendous volume during heavy rains.

“On behalf of the city of Shively, I want to say how nice it is to have someone working hard for us in Washington,” said Shively Mayor Sherry Connor.  “This improvement will benefit Shively residents tremendously, and we’re just thrilled that Congressman Yarmuth was able to make it happen.”

The project was approved as part of the FY08 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill.  The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.