(Big Branch, Ky) - Recently, leaders of Pike and Martin counties came together to discuss providing safe, potable water to residents of Big Branch of Brushy in Pike County. This is the same area that has gotten attention from the water well which has been burning since the first of May. Pike County Judge-Executive Wayne T. Rutherford and Martin County Judge-Executive Kelly Callahan along with several others met recently to discuss providing water to 12 households whose water is contaminated as a result of underground mining in the area. Martin County has an existing contract to upgrade its water lines at the county line, which just happens to be at the top of the hill above Big Branch. At the conclusion of last week's meeting, Martin County officials agreed to run water lines to these 12 homes, which could be operational by the end of the year. Judge Rutherford says these residents could have water by the holidays, and couldn't be receiving a better Christmas present. After a survey is completed, the final cost of the project will be determined, which is estimated to be around $130,000 dollars. Two other areas of Pike County which are also in need of safe water are Ridgeline Road at Grapevine and Bad Branch of Marrowone. Judge Rutherford says he hopes these residents can also expect safe, clean water in the near future.