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Wet Weather Causing Problems For Water Treatment

By: Jenna Emenhiser Email
By: Jenna Emenhiser Email
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As the rain continues, water problems in Knott County are getting worse.

Nearly one week ago Judge Executive Randy Thompson declared a state of emergency.

The county's back-up water purification system is shut down and officials are blaming it on the rain.

Knott County officials say the water situation in the county was looking better up until Thursday's showers.

Judge Executive Randy Thompson says the water is running out and is hoping everyone will conserve.

The past few days the parking lot at Knott Central High School has been turned into a makeshift water treatment plant, but now that plant is shut down until muddy Troublesome Creek clears up.

“The Hindman city water system is not equipped to filter out the mud,” Judge Executive Thompson said.

Officials say they have come up with a system to filter out the mud before the purification process begins and are waiting for a response from the division of water.

“We know it will work, but we'll have to get the approval before we can put it into action,” Judge Thompson said.

Emergency management officials say there should be enough water left in the system to last until Friday morning, but only if people start conserving.

“We've got to conserve water, all of us together, we've got to conserve water, use it just for the basics right now,” Thompson said.

Emergency management officials WYMT spoke with say they are optimistic that they can get a filtration system up and running soon, but if they can't they say fire departments will be back on the roads hauling water in to the county.


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