Consumption Ban Lifted

By: Matt Barbour Email
By: Matt Barbour Email

After going almost one week without water, several people in Letcher County say they are relieved there is no longer a consumption ban for Whitesburg water customers.

Division of Water officials say after multiple tests, the City of Whitesburg's water is now safe to use and drink and that has people glad things are getting back to normal.

Kenton Moore says he was happy to hear the advisory was lifted, so he can wash clothes again.

“Oh yeah I sure was. I said 'well I'm going to run out of clothes' but maybe now I won't,” said Moore.

“We felt very assured by those results that it was time to lift the advisory,” said Allison Fleck with the Division of Water.

Division of Water Officials say the City of Whitesburg's water system is safe, but there is still work to do.

“We have identified the source of the contamination, the investigation continues. We are expecting a violation to be issued,” said Fleck.

“The bottom line is, you can drink the water and we're all happy about that. You never know how much you miss water until the well runs dry,” said Mayor James Wiley Craft.

Kathy Kincer agrees. Yesterday she thought she might have to close the doors to Hobo’s Diner.

“It was very exciting. I mean, I'm so glad that things were back to normal and that all the people in Whitesburg can get back to work,” said Kincer.

It is also good news for Sheila Webb. At Cut Away Salon, workers were having to heat water in coffee percolators and crock pots.

“We're back to business and we're working and we're busy and everybody's calling so it's helped, a lot,” said Webb.

She says she is glad things are finally getting back to normal.

Division of Water officials say as water use resumes, customers need to run their water for several minutes if their water still has an odor to it. If they have any questions they can call the Whitesburg Water Works.


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  • by Jack Location: neon on Nov 10, 2008 at 04:02 AM
    O.K. here is my question who contaminated the water and who are they paying off.
  • by Concerned Parent Location: Letcher County on Nov 9, 2008 at 07:42 PM
    I dont think the water is okay. I worry about my child going back to school tomorrow. I am packing her lunch and I told her not to drink that water. Even as of Friday Mountain Comp. wasn't even using the water. They haven't got the source cleaned up totally but they are saying its okay. Come on people. I know some people are breaking out in rashes over this. I agree that more test need to be done. Especially before the school board turns our children back to school. Our Kids are more important than money in the school boards pocket. MORE TEST NEEDS DONE!!!!!
  • by Tamika Location: Cornettsville on Nov 9, 2008 at 04:09 PM
    How is it possible for the water to be clean so quickly? I am a student at LCCHS and they could not even cook because of the gas in the lines. Also, I'm a Diesel Technician student, and i know that Diesel Fuel is hard to clean up. You might want to check that water again, because there's no way that it is clean.
  • by KIm Location: kentucky on Nov 9, 2008 at 02:18 PM
    I don't understand how one day the water is horrible and they were talking about rerouting kids to other schools and then the very next day everything is fine I don't believe the water is safe
  • by Anonymous on Nov 8, 2008 at 10:53 AM
    ????Water is ok now? What happend to those horrible things said about it? That there was over 9 chemicals in the water and it was very toxic? How can it be better so soon>????
  • by Citizen Who Cares Location: Letcher on Nov 7, 2008 at 03:09 PM
    What some people dont think about is the smell might not be there but some other things might I think there should be test ran everyday @ certain points in the system just to make sure it is safe and nothing creeps back in I would really like to know the outcome of the fines enforced and the entire story on who and what excatly was the cause and I think the citizens are required a public appoligy and some should be reembursed for lost time and having to go out of there way to make things meet on there own time when they could have been doing these things in there own home
  • by Concerned Location: Letcher on Nov 7, 2008 at 03:02 PM
    I really dont think we are out of the woods yet there are ways of covering up the smell and I really think we might should hold off a few more days I know a few more days sounds bad to those without water but I think it would be better to be safe than sorry I think they need to have a support line for those with the same questions my wife has had a transplant and I am fearing for her safety even though the band has been lifted I want written proof that way if my wife were to have complacations the mayor and the council would be help accountable until then I will make up for it some other way till such documents are made public

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