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Officials Say Letcher County Water Remains Unsafe

WHITESBURG, Ky. (AP) - State officials say the water in Letcher County remains unsafe for anything but flushing toilets.

The Kentucky Division of Water says in a news release Tuesday the agency is working with Whitesburg Water Works to resolve the problem in the southeastern Kentucky county.

It is the second day residents have been told not to use the water for anything but toilet flushing and the second time since November there have been issues with drinking water in the county.

State officials say they are waiting for results from additional
tests.

State officials confirmed reports Sunday of a petroleum odor in the drinking water plant distribution system, as well as a sheen on the North Fork of the Kentucky River.

An investigation found damaged fuel storage tanks leaking petroleum 4 miles upstream from the water plant intake.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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