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.