Knott County Calls for Water Restrictions

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

A drought is creeping back into the mountains, causing some areas to limit water use. Many areas are seeing water levels 5 to 10 inches below normal, but some are feeling the drought more than others.

Knott County water officials sent out letters to their customers saying all non-essential water use is prohibited.

Creeks and streams are already low due to the drought and Knott County water officials say they need to start conserving now before things get any worse.

"No watering lawns, no filling pools, no washing cars, to try to conserve water and make it through the drought," says Reva Campbell, Manager of the Knott County Water District.

Officials say there is only so much water to go around.

"Most of the water in Knott County is pulled from wells, a lot of years pulling from the same wells and the water level gets low," says Martin Vanderpool with the Knott County Water District.

"When the water table drops, the water in the wells drop. You just have a certain amount you can pump and that's it," says Campbell.

But the current drought is not the only issue. The county buys their water from Southern water and the city of Hindman. Recent water breaks are making it more difficult to get water to the community, but city officials say they are doing all they can to avoid the problems they had last summer.

Alice Ritchie, the Chairperson of Knott County Water says, "Last year we had to call the National Guard in, a state of emergency, and we're trying to prevent that right now. If everybody works together and conserves water, that will not happen."

Ritchie says a solution is on its way. A new water plant will use water from Carr Creek Lake to serve the county. The plant will hold at least 2 million gallons of water at a time and is expected to open by January first.

Knott County water officials say they hope all of their customers will see service from that plant by april of next year.

The following non-essential waters uses use prohibited:

Using sprinklers or hosepipes to water gardens, lawns, parks/sports grounds
Filling privately owned swimming pools other than for medical treatment
Filling ornamental ponds other than fishponds
Operating mechanical car washes
Washing cars, boats, trains, aircrafts, for any reason other than safety or hygiene
Cleaning outsides of buildings apart from windows
Cleaning industrial premises or plants, apart from for safety or hygiene reasons
Using Hosepipes or sprinklers to clean windows
Running ornamental fountains and cascades

Any customers violating these restrictions could face fines.

If you have any questions, contacts the Knott County Water District at 606-785-5584.

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  • by mr common sense Location: nearby on Sep 17, 2008 at 03:10 PM
    What if you had NO Water? Isn't some better than none? These people are doing the best they can for a lot of unappreciative people.
  • by Jessica Location: Knott Co on Aug 24, 2008 at 12:47 PM
    OMG ! Everyone blames the coal companies for everything! grow up people!! if it wasnt for coal mining Eastern Ky would only be ghost towns. Coal makes it possible for you to have electricity to run your computers so you can post such idiotic comments.
  • by CRYSTAL Location: KNOTT .CO on Aug 23, 2008 at 04:49 PM
    All jokes aside this water is bad, the smell, the color, it just ruined a load of washing. I think the wells are going dry. Help help!!!!!!!!
  • by FDH Location: Knott Co on Aug 23, 2008 at 08:50 AM
    was wondering when it would be blamed on coal mining
  • by Thirsty Location: NottCo. on Aug 23, 2008 at 08:00 AM
    I agree with James, the natural water tables have been disrupted/destroyed. Ole King Coal takes, but gives little in return.
  • by CRYSTAL Location: KNOTT CO. on Aug 22, 2008 at 08:23 PM
    LOL I think i will wash my jet today,LOL what a joke.
  • by James Location: Ohio on Aug 22, 2008 at 06:15 PM
    I grew up in Knott County during the 40s and 50s. Fresh water was plentiful then. There were springs all over that never went dry. My family used one many years until the coal mining process disrupted the natural water tables. Now, I expect that not far into the future Knott County and it's neighboring counties will look a lot like the deserts of the middle east.
  • by Heather Watts Location: Mullins Br. on Aug 22, 2008 at 03:05 PM
    this is a bunch of bologna


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