Ongoing Water Problems In Knott County

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

Ongoing water problems in Knott County.

Some residents say they're fed up and they took their concerns to the city council in Hindman Monday night.

Some residents who get their water from the city of Hindman are desperate for a solution to their water problems.

Some say they have no water pressure at all or don't have enough to bathe their children.
These people went to a meeting and they wanted to know what can be done to help them.

Running water is a household amenity many people take for granted.

Connie Ramey and Loraine Wallen told city council members that too often, they've been without it.

“We have got right now social services coming and if our children is not bathed and took care of the way they think they ought to be took care of, it's our fault,” Connie Ramey said.

“We can take a shower and I can do a load of laundry and the dishes and that's about it. I have to buy my drinking water and I have to buy water to cook with,” Lorraine Wallen said.

A new water line could fix both women's problems.

Water Manager Jeff Kilgore says that the city of Hindman has had a ban on any new taps since December of 2006.

“The city just don't feel comfortable to add more customers without taking care of the customers we got now,” Kilgore said.

Kilgore says the goal is conservation in order to avoid another crisis like the one earlier this year, when National Guard troops had to come pump water for the county.

“As we progress and make improvements to our system tying the new wells in, see what type of production these wells are gonna give us, then we can add new customers,” Kilgore said.

Ramey and Wallen say if that doesn't happen soon, they may have to move to another county.

Water manager Kilgore explained that the city is working on three new wells to put in place in three separate phases.

He says the city has applied for a 100-thousand dollar grant to build the third well in phase three.


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  • by Gary Hunter Location: kendallville IN on Jul 4, 2007 at 01:06 PM
    I have noticed this on going problem in knott co for quit some time now. my question is this. WIth the mayors office and county judges working together on this effort in conjuction with the governor office why is this such hard problem for the elected officals to figure out. I am like louis why dont they run the water from carr fork lake ?
  • by Bea Location: Thornton on Jul 3, 2007 at 05:09 PM
    When I was a child we all had clean well water and I never thought the day would would come when we would have to buy water out of a store.... Eastern Ky is one of the richest places around... natural gas... oil... hardwoods.. and our coal. Yet we have the poorest counties and people around. We are paid a pittance for all our natural resources and even that little bit gets lost. What takes place here is shameful.... Not only has my people been robbed but even their water supply has been destroyed. I think it is time to stop some of these people and make them stand responsible for their actions.... especially our water.... We are the truly FOR GOTTEN PEOPLE....
  • by Th on Jul 3, 2007 at 03:43 PM
    Probably because the Carr Creek Water Plant isn't even up and running yet. It wouldn't do much good to run a pipe!
  • by Jim Location: Letcher Co. on Jul 3, 2007 at 02:59 PM
    Yep...thats all we need....a pipe. just lay her down there and problem solved! Ah, all joking aside I beleive they are in the construction process of a water plant at carr creek. I may be wrong, but maybe there is some hope for the ppl over in knott co. soon! If we dont get rain, alot of rain, all our wells will be dry.
  • by louis on Jul 3, 2007 at 10:22 AM
    Why doesn't the Hindman water plant run a pipe from Carr Fork lake or does this make to much sense.

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