Officials say the Beechfork Water Commission was working on a line, when it broke, causing a boil water advisory for the entire county.
Thousands of people had to make big changes to their routines on Wednesday afternoon, dealing with potentially dangerous water flowing from their faucets.
A repair project disrupted service and now every customer in Powell County is being forced to boil their water.
Officials in Powell County say the Beechfork Water Commission was working on a line, which broke, and that led to the city's water being shut down.
All customers who receive water through the City of Stanton, Powell's Valley Water District, and the Clay City Water District are under the advisory.
Several customers in Estill and Montgomery counties who get their water from Powell's Valley Water District are also impacted.
School officials said they already had a procedure in place just in case something like this were to happen. They placed plastic bags over water faucets and fountains, making sure students weren't able to use the water, and had students use hand sanitizer since they couldn't use water. Students throughout the county were also given bottled water when they needed something to drink.
The boil water advisory will be in place until further notice.