By Nolan Miles
P3 Kentucky Staff Writer
Eastern Kentucky is facing a surprising problem as parts of the region lose access to water. In an effort to conserve water, the Martin County water district shut off water supply to many residents, citing lack of revenue due to a decrease in customers as the reason for their actions.
According to an Associated Press report, a Martin County water district official shared a statement on Facebook that “[the water district’s] financial status, to put it simply, is bleak.” The district is losing about 50 percent of the water it produces “through pipe breaks, service line leaks and failing meters.”
Interest in municipal utility public-private partnerships have increased in counties across the nation. According to a report generated after a study from Bluebell Research, there’s a $728 billion gap in the industry, paving the way for public-private partnerships. P3s are an optional model to create a revenue stream needed to supply water and other municipal utilities to areas in situations like Martin County, Kentucky.
Read more about the Eastern Kentucky water shortage here.