Vandals Contaminate Water Supply

By: Danielle Morgan Email
By: Danielle Morgan Email

The drought is not to blame for a loss of water.

State police are searching for suspects who contaminated a Letcher County water tank Sunday night.

It happened at the Sandlick water tank. This is a system, already under water restrictions.

To get rid of the contamination, county officials say thousands of gallons, that could have been used by the community...had to be wasted on cleaning up a crime.

It took quite a bit of work to vandalize the water supply. County officials say someone cut through three locks, the last of which opened access to the water tank ladder.

Then, sand stones were carried up the ladder and dumped in the community's main water source.

“The worst thing about it, is we ended up having to dump 30,000 gallons of water, disinfect it, dump out another 30,000 gallons of water and then fill the tank back up,” Letcher County Judge Executive Jim Ward said.

Since it is public water, the county judge executive says he's trying to get homeland security involved.

“That's water that our people need and use and that's a lot of water to have to dump out just on account of vandalism,” Judge Ward said.

The county's water and sewer operations manager, Jim Murtaugh says the cost normally wouldn't be so bad, but with the drought, right now every drop of water is valuable.

Officials say without a good, long-lasting, soaking rain...restrictions will remain in effect, indefinitely.

A boil water advisory and restricted water use are still in effect for those customers.

If you have any information about the state police at 435-6069.

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