School Officials Help To Conserve Water

Officials say the water shortage in Magoffin County is improving, but the district still only has enough water for two weeks.

People in Magoffin County are doing all they can to conserve water while crews fix equipment problems and fight drought conditions affecting the water supply.

The well and river pumps are working again, but officials say river's water level is too low to get all the supply they need.

All outdoor watering is banned and people are cutting back indoors too.

Regular lunch trays are gone for now in all Magoffin County schools.

Meals are served on throw-away plates with plastic utensils so cafeteria workers do not have to wash any dishes.

“We're trying to conserve everything we can here at school,” Salyersville Grade School Principal, Grover Arnett, Said.

Cafeteria workers are even cooking with store bought water, and all school water fountains, are turned off.

Principals bought bottled water for students to drink.

“In these times, you have to do what you have to do, and that's what we're doing at this point to try and stay in school,” Superintendent Joe Hunley said.

They are not the only ones.

All car washes in the county are closed, and many businesses are using bottled water and buying ice.

“With this drought, it's kind of sudden; of course it's affecting everyone. We're just trying to help out all we can in the community,” Principal Arnett said.

Salyersville Water Company directors say it is making a difference; saying the cut-backs saved more than one million gallons in just three days.

“We're getting back in decent shape,” Thomas Howard said.

The well motors are repaired and pumping water.

Crews are clearing trees and debris out of the Licking River so more water can float downstream and keep the river's pumps underwater.

“I believe we'll be okay for 2 or 3 weeks,” Howard said, but says the only real solution is something we haven’t seen very much of lately and that’s rain.

Until then, the water restrictions are staying in place.

Because of all the equipment problems, there is a boil water advisory for all customers in Magoffin County.

Officials also assure no one will run out of water despite the shortage.


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