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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