Even though some areas of the region have seen some improvement, the drought continues
Some places are still under water restrictions.
Hundreds of customers of the Laurel Water District #2, which includes the Lily and North Corbin areas, are getting fined for not cutting water use enough.
The nearly six thousand customers of Laurel Water District # 2 are getting their water bills this week and four hundred of them are finding extra charges on their bills after water officials say they're using more water now . . than they did before.
“It's still serious! The drought is far from over,” Jim Sensabaugh said.
That's why water district manager Jim Sensabaugh says water restrictions they put into effect back in September are still in place.
He says 2 inches of rain recently helped, but everything was so dry before that it didn't do as much as they had hoped.
Water officials say some help from that rain and finding more ground water pushed them back to about a sixty day supply of rain.
They say conservation by most people has helped too.
“I've not watered my grass in the last three months, we've tried to conserve as much as possible,” Tommy Lanham said.
Lanham says he has stopped washing his car and cut down on the laundry.
He wasn't charged any extra fee, but the water district did charge hundreds of customers that used more water than before an extra $5.50 per every 1,000 gallons.
Water officials say they're asking customers to actually reduce their usage by twenty percent.
They say right now as long as customers aren't using more water they shouldn't be charged extra.