FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - State environmental officials say low stream flow in the Licking River, coupled with fallen leaves in the water prompted a boil water advisory for Magoffin County utility customers.
The river is the primary water source for about 15,000 customers in the Magoffin County Water District and the city of Salyersville.
Drinking water coordinator Julie Roney of the state Division of Water saying leaves turn the water a dark color as they deteriorate in the river and high manganese levels are common when water is drawn from lower depths of supply sources.
She said neither is harmful, but both make it hard to add enough chlorine to resolve the problem and continue to protect against bacteria.
Stream flow has improved some from a month ago, when a water
emergency was declared.
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