Dry Conditions Spark More Water Conservation Efforts

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

Extremely dry conditions continue across eastern Kentucky and now people in another community are asked to conserve water.

The Mayor of Evarts say if they do not the water supply could drop to critically low levels.

Evarts Mayor Burl Fee sent out this advisory which calls for people to begin conserving water where they can and for businesses in the area to start developing conservation plans.

Months of dry weather are starting to take their toll.

Gary Bolin has lived behind a creek for more than 30 years.

“The water is usually over the rocks. This is the lowest it's been since I've been here,” Gary Bolin said.

Bolin lives just outside of town.

The lack of rain throughout the area is forcing Evarts' mayor to urge people in his community to conserve.

He says mines that usually provide water, are simply running out.

“When we're in an extreme drought the mines don't charge good, so it's tremendously low right now,” Burl Fee said.

The city is now relying on two wells.

“What we're concerned with is when the wells go bad we'll hit the critical stage, so we're asking people to conserve water right now,” Fee said.

City officials say people should try to wash large loads of laundry, turn off the water when brushing your teeth, check for water leaks, and avoid watering lawns or washing cars.

Water officials say by taking some simple steps of conservation people can save a lot of precious water.

The Evarts Water System serves about one thousand homes as well as the Harlan County Detention Center.

Again, the conservation is voluntary for now and the mayor hopes they do not have to make it mandatory.

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