Continued Water Woes

By: Matt Barbour Email
By: Matt Barbour Email

Nearly four thousand people in Letcher County continue to deal with a non-consumption water advisory after Division of Water officials find petroleum in the Whitesburg water system.

Another load of water arrives at the Letcher recycling center, keeping workers there busy.

“Usually until ten o'clock at night giving pallets of water and the drinking waters you see. We're working on like twenty pallets of water that we've given away in the last two days,” said David Caudill with the center.

A non-consumption advisory remains in effect for nearly four thousand people in the county. Division of Water officials say they traced petroleum to a damaged storage tank and that Don Childers of Childers Oil, Inc. acknowledged owning the tanks where the leak is thought to have originated. A notice of violation is expected to be issued. In the meantime, officials say more testing is necessary.

“A schedule of testing is necessary to confirm that the water is clearing up, and clearing up adequately to resume water treatment and consumption,” said Allison Fleck, Division of Water Spokeswoman.

Workers at area businesses like the David Narramore dentist office say the lack of water is affecting operations.

“The thing that we're doing right now is working with the jug water, bottled water and we just have to fill it up in a little syringe and squirt it in their mouth,” said Rickie Hopkins, a dental assistant.

And other business owners that rely on water say they are frustrated.

“It's really ridiculous because we'd like to just carry on with our work without interruptions and a lot of our customers are afraid to come and we just need to get back to normal,” said Sheila Webb, owner of Cut Away Beauty Shop.


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  • by James Location: Whitesburg, KY on Feb 19, 2009 at 02:27 PM
    People can do anything they want, as long as they give substantial contributions to the politicians.
  • by andy Location: isom on Feb 19, 2009 at 09:11 AM
    What I do not understand is why all the business that were hurt by the last spill caused by this man have not started a class action suit to recover the losses. I guess that until some child or one of our elderly people are made ill or worse die from his total lack of concern for public that anything will be done. This will happen again count on it.
  • by don Location: childers on Feb 19, 2009 at 08:03 AM
    do you people want me to get 20/20 here an film u people that ant bathed in a weak quit cryin it will be fixed it takes time an I am workin on it
  • by christopher Location: isom on Feb 19, 2009 at 07:04 AM
    i think we should not have to send our kids to school over the water being like this its rediculious we cant even take a shower when we need one.if our superentend anna craft would think about this she wouldnt be sending the students and kids to school its just PLAIN out NASTY is how i take it
  • by Jeff Location: Hazard on Feb 19, 2009 at 05:05 AM
    Is the KY Division of Water doing their job here, fines shutdown of the business and all the other legal avenues?
  • by Wilma Location: Isom on Feb 19, 2009 at 05:01 AM
    Don't we as citizens have some legal right here concerning our health and future health?
  • by jessica Location: letcher on Feb 19, 2009 at 04:58 AM
    I hear from very reliable sources that there are other tanks buried and just ready to rust and leak anyday.
  • by William Location: Whitesburg on Feb 19, 2009 at 04:37 AM
    I'm worried about this causing cancer and I've heard it does.
  • by Cotton Location: Letcher on Feb 18, 2009 at 08:32 PM
    This will continue until somebody on the state or federal level has the courage to take Don CHilders on. Either a criminal citation or a fine large enough to get his attention is the only thing that will keep him from continuing to use Letcher County as a toxic waste dump.
  • by jack Location: whitesburg on Feb 18, 2009 at 07:56 PM
    I think it is rediculous and the system should fine the person that caused the spill, but something I cant understand is how is the schools opperating its unsanitary for our kids to go to school and not be able to wash there hands i think that schools that are effected by this should be cancelled unti the water is safe to use some children cant even take a shower like mine we cant take a shower because we have the city water and its always something with the water in whitesburg.

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