Magoffin County officials are taking action to end the county's water crisis.
While officials look for a permanent water solution, hundreds received free water because the county's supply is still dangerously low. Officials are abandoning the Licking River and looking at new water sources.
People lined up all day for the free water because they need it at their homes. At the same time, county leaders and water officials are looking for new permanent water source so this does not happen again.
Crews handed out 4,000 cases of water, filled 15,000 gallon jugs and they are not stopping.
"Free water, it's like gasoline for free," said Rigs Rowe, Magoffin County.
People say they need the water more than gas.
"The clothes are piled up, the dishes you know, trying to conserve on water. It's been very bad," Rowe said.
The donated water is helping.
"Very thankful, gracious you know," Rowe said.
Water commissioners are looking for new water sources to end the crisis. They do not want to depend on the Licking River for water anymore, even when the drought is over.
"The river just won't produce that much water anymore. We are trying to correct this so we don't have this year after year after year," said Water Commissioner Paul Howard.
A geologist is finding new places to drill more wells, and crews are now installing water lines to Johnson County to buy water from Paintsville Utilities, but that will cost customers more.
"We don't have much choice. We have to," Howard said.
People are looking forward to when it is finished.
"We'll have water we can depend on and use and don't have to worry about it. It'll mean a lot just to have water to shower or anything," Rowe said.
Until then, crews will hand out water.
To make it easier on everyone, crews are taking some of the free water to all the volunteer fire departments in the county so people do not have to drive as far to pick it up.