Water Officials Are Very Concerned About Low Water Supply

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

The record breaking heat has some officials worried about an added strain on an already low water supply.

Mandatory water restrictions remain in place in Clay and Laurel Counties and Manchester officials say next week they may be down to the last drops of their water resources.

Pleasant, slightly crisp fall weather is something Curtis McKiddey can usually enjoy on his birthday.

“I'll be 37 October 11th and I can't ever remember it ever being this hot or dry,” Curtis McKiddey said.

McKiddey feels every bit of the heat as an inspector for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

It does nothing to help a city desperate for precipitation for months.

“You know the hotter it is the more water people use and then where it's getting into fall it may not be as much of a factor, but it still is,” Roy Gray said.

Manchester water operator Roy Gray is in charge of pumping water from an underground coal mine into Goose Creek River, to help replenish a water source that's dropped a foot in the last week. But water from the coal mine may only last until Monday.

“There's probably not as much water in there as maybe we had thought before, so we're trying to stretch that out a little bit,” Gray said.

Residents like McKiddey are trying to do their part.

“Well I've been trying to take shorter showers, trying to conserve, and just not wash the car,” McKiddey said.

But Gray says that may not be enough and water from the mine is their last available resource, “Right now that's about all we have left, don't really know what else is out there to get.”

Officials say that coupled with cooler temperatures, could help the city stretch its water supply a little longer.

Water operator Roy Gray says a little rain in the forecast this week may not be enough to raise water levels significantly.

He says additional water restrictions in Manchester are possible.

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