County's Water Worries Are Disappearing

By: Julie Maloney Email
By: Julie Maloney Email

Knott County officials say water worries are beginning to disappear.

In February, national guard troops were brought in after Judge Executive Randy Thompson declared a state of emergency when some wells ran dry.

WYMT's Julie Maloney spoke with water officials who say the wells could be back up and running by the end of the month.

In February, Governor Fletcher gave national guard troops 60-days to help resolve water problems in Knott County.

As the end of April nears, officials say all customers have water.

Right now troops are pumping 100-percent of the water supply from a creek, but within the next few weeks, officials say they hope to send troops back home.

After wells ran dry in February and nearly 12-hundred Knott County homes had no water National Guard soldiers were called in.

Specialist McDougal says nearly two months later, everyone has water and they're down to pumping water 18-hours each day.

Todd Adams works for the Veolia water company.

He says the wells are in the process of being cleaned and re-filled.

Right now water officials are waiting for underground lines to be installed.

They say hopefully within the next two weeks, three wells will be running, everyone will have water, and national guard soldiers will be sent home.

Meanwhile, a boil water advisory remains in effect for the entire county.

The community of Mousie lost water over the weekend.

Officials say that's because southern water in Floyd County, who supplies parts of Knott County, had problems, however, water is now back on for all customers.

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