- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

WHITESBURG, Ky. (AP) - An Arkansas company is asking Letcher County residents to consider drinking treated water from abandoned coal mines.

The Mountain Eagle reports (https://bit.ly/1PCTqKw) the county currently gets water from Carr Creek Lake. But at a Water and Sewer District board meeting last week, David Owen asked the panel for a letter of intent to let his company explore the mine water alternative.

Owen said EverBlue Water Technologies could build a treatment plant for mine water and connect to the district’s pipes. He said the cost would be about the same as the county is paying now.

He did not answer an inquiry from The Mountain Eagle asking why the county should change its water source if there is no cost savings.

The board postponed voting on the letter for a month.

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