Water Situation Is Getting Better

The water situation in Magoffin County is improving so much, county officials say the shortage could end soon.

Officials say water levels in the Licking River increased several inches over the last few days and the level is almost back to normal.

County officials believe some of the advisories could be lifted in a few days.

Crews tested the Licking River's water quality and expect the results Thursday.

If they come back clean, they will lift the boil water advisory and examine the restrictions.

That's good news for people in Magoffin County who say they are suffering.

For the first time in weeks, water is flowing again in the Licking River.

Magoffin County officials say recent rain raised the water level several feet.

“Now we can take a sigh of relief. Prayers have been answered. You know, people have prayed for water. We got the water, so its just amazing,” Paul Conley said.

Water commissioners say the river's pumps are back to normal, and in a few days, the supply could be too.

An end to the crisis cannot come soon enough at Tom's Pizza.

Employees say the shortage is hurting operations.

They buy ice, use bottled water in drinks, and use disposable plates and utensils to conserve water and prevent health hazards.

Now that the river's water level is returning to normal, officials are testing the water quality and if results are clean, they plan to lift the boil water advisory on Thursday.

Officials are leaving the restrictions in place for now, but they think they can lift the bans after the next rain.

Water commissioners are planning long term solutions, so this does not happen again.

They are drilling more wells and looking at getting water from a reservoir instead the Licking River.


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