Water Storage Tanks Run Critically Low

By: Michel Mason Email
By: Michel Mason Email

Hazard officials are urging everyone to take extra measures to conserve water tonight.

City Manager Paul Feltner says water storage tanks are critically low as crews restore service to several communities.

In Viper, Bethel and Mary Church are patiently waiting for water. Their taps ran dry four days ago.

"I guess there doing the best they can. I'm not here to throw off on anybody. I'd just like to see the water coming and a lot of other people would too," said Bethel Church.

The church's say about three times a day they walk a quarter of a mile to a nearby stream. That's so they can have water just to flush their toilets.

The Viper Fire Department is also relying on creeks and neighboring departments for water to fight fires. Firefighters say that was tested earlier this week.

"They were there real fast so we saved the house and was able to use a small amount of water on it," said Firefighter, Raymond Kesterson

The City of Hazard is supplying bottled water for drinking and cooking. Church, who's recovering from a heart attack, is thankful for firefighters and the magistrate who delivered it to him.

"We think we in bad shape, we go down and look around and you'll find somebody who's in a lot worse shape than we are," added Church.

Church says he knows some of his neighbors will keep waiting for running water long after his comes back.

Officials say it could take at least two days to get sufficient water levels in storage tanks.

They estimate more than 1,000 people are still without water Thursday night.

The entire Hazard water system remains under a boil water advisory.


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  • by Lisa Location: Buckhorn on Jan 23, 2009 at 05:34 AM
    Try going without water for six days and still counting. What about people that are too old and live alone? What are they supposed to do? We have had approximately 300 gallons of bottled water sent to Buckhorn by Hazard. There are approximately 314 water customers on the Buckhorn side. Some help. Of course, we are being told too that Buckhorn will be the last community to receive water once it starts being pumped again. Nice to know. Thank you Hazard for all your help.
  • by water management Location: sweet water ky on Jan 23, 2009 at 03:58 AM
    lets learn from the loss of water in the hazard water system.number one fix the water plant intake so it will not freeze up.two place on each water storage tank an alarm rate of water flow from the tanks,when tank is empty,more cutoff valves,better management.
  • by maire Location: willard on Jan 22, 2009 at 05:25 PM
    okay im tired of not having any water i think that its a shame there jus chosing here and there to have water its crazy they should have let all the tanks fill up andd then maybe it wouldnt be so low in willard we havent had water since saturday eving and everywere else almost has water i'd like to know why we cant get a straight answer and get water

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