Water Shortage Could Last Weeks

By: Michel Mason Email
By: Michel Mason Email

Officials in Perry County are keeping a close eye on water levels as a critical shortage continues.

For many customers, it's been a week without running water and crews encountered set backs over the weekend.

Since last Monday, Reverend Charles Click has hauled buckets of water from the Hazard Water Plant to his home in Jamestown.

"I'd never been without water. That's a shock. There's no one up there that has water. There's about 100 trailers up there and they got kids to worry about," said Click.

City Manager Paul Feltner says he's never seen a problem like this before.

"Hopefully they'll understand this a major, catastrophic outage," said Feltner.

Crews fixed four major line breaks on Saturday and another on Sunday. Feltner says that's had a major impact on the water storage tank supplying the hospital.

"We had a bad break in a bad position there. They did a wonderful job of fixing it in a hurry, but still no water was going into that tank and that's a big demand tank," added Feltner.

Hazard officials say they expect all customers to have water back by Sunday night or Monday morning. They say some folks in higher elevations may still have problems with water pressure and it remains unclear how long a boil water advisory will remain in effect.

Feltner says there's been a boom in the number of city water customers and upgrades to the system are in the works.

"At some point we believe those upgrades will minimize, not necessarily eliminate these kinds of problems occurring," said Feltner.

Officials urge all customers to conserve while they say it could take two to three weeks for water levels to reach a sufficient level in storage tanks.


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  • by Brandie Location: Jamestown on Jan 29, 2009 at 07:43 PM
    Tomorrow will be day 12 and still NO WATER!! This is a serious problem that needs immediate attention especially when you have little ones around. I have a 6 month old and am having to go to my family's to keep the bottles washed up. It is really starting to run up a cost with gas. I am just praying for the problem to be fixed.
  • by Roxie Location: Hazard on Jan 29, 2009 at 12:23 PM
    So where's the Red Cross? They're the ones who should have set up shelters and provided water stations around the county. I haven't seen them mentioned at all.
  • by Angela Location: Jamestown on Jan 26, 2009 at 02:49 PM
    I still do not have water. We were told we would have it back on this morning, and then this evening and still NOTHING!!

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