Mandatory Conservation for Hazard Water Customers

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

Hazard City Manager Paul Feltner says progress towards fixing the problems is slow going. He says most tanks are critically low, and eager customers are not giving them a chance to fill up, prompting officials to ask for the conservation.

After days without water, Paul Feltner says people are filling up too quickly, leaving storage tanks dry. "That concerns us that our tank levels are low. we feel like conservation will help us in a big way," says Feltner.

Feltner is asking people conserve as much water as possible by turning off faucets, stop washing cars, and even delaying laundry. The boil water advisory continues for all of Hazard's water customers.

Terry Feltner with the Hazard ARH says, "When we have a boil water advisory, our patients come first. First thing we do is close down our ice machines, shut down the fountains."

The Hazard ARH is also using paper plates and plastic utensils to save water, but Terry Feltner says the procedure is not out of the ordinary. "Our staff just goes with the flow, I guess without the flow right now!"

And with restaurants cut off from drinking water, they now have to rely on bottled drinks and store bought ice for customers.

Steve Mills is the Director of Operations at Burger King and says, "It's a whole lot more costly, you have more labor involved, you're buying soda from different areas around here."

Mills says some stores are running out. Managers at one local grocery store say they received two extra truck loads of water this week to keep up with demand.

Paul Feltner says the boil water advisory could last well into next week. He says after everyone has water, officials will have to test the water to make sure it is safe to drink.


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  • by amanda Location: high water ridge on Jan 26, 2009 at 05:46 AM
    WE NEED WATER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YALL NEED TO FIX THIS PROBLEM.......
  • by William Location: seky on Jan 25, 2009 at 04:59 AM
    Dont want to sound all grim and all but you know what comes after there is no water dont you disease and the sick bed and then the grave yard and it dont take that long to happen in masses of people depending on like a war zone this part of the United States is sad sad and the people just sit and take it...demand better treatment from local Government they demand taxes from you dont they?
  • by William Location: seky on Jan 25, 2009 at 04:53 AM
    Our Local Government Officals need kicked out of office starting with Hal Rogers, We dont have any Doctors, Health care is broke,no homes, no jobs, now no water? people cant live like this what is wrong with the officals that should take care of this kind of stuff? you dont have to waite until election day to say get out of office Now!! and let someone that cares about the people run the show the quality of life in ky is horrable depressing its a sad day in eastern and south east Ky my question why do the people just keep taking it? glutton for punishment?
  • by dry tanks Location: sweet water ky on Jan 24, 2009 at 03:27 AM
    my question to hazard water system management why when you know the tanks are runing low on water volume.when the tanks were full and the large volume of water was escaping why didn't you stop water loss.you need to draw a picture of how you allowed a major danger to the public to happen on your watch.this has been an expensive adventure caused and placed by the city of hazard on the poor people of perry county.

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