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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