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Some Whitley County Residents Dealing With Water Shortage

With all of this weekend's rain leaving so much water everywhere, it's hard to imagine anyone having a shortage of it. That's exactly what many residents in a Whitley County community are dealing with.

"It takes a lot of water to take a bath," Sharon Partin said.

Sharon Partin says simple things like taking a bath or washing the dishes are an ordeal. The Partin's family has no running water.

"Packing water to do dishes. It is frustrating to do it everyday," she said.

Everyday with no end in sight. Water lines will soon be installed throughout the Lower Laurel Fork Community, but the lines will stop just short of Partin's home.

"They said they didn't have the funds to bring it back here," Parton said.

"They said they didn't have enough pressure at the pump station," Harold Kishpaugh said.

Harold Kishpaugh's family has a working well and he says he's willing to wait a little longer for fresh water.

"People just need to be patient, wait a little longer," he said.

But Sharon Partin says she can't get well water on her land and says she's waited long enough.

"12 to 15 more families. I think it would be worth it to run it back here," Partin said.

Until then, Sharon Partin's family will have to live life one water jug at a time.

Whitley County Judge Executive Burley Foley says he's not sure the county is in charge of the water line project, but did say in cases like this, sometimes there are just not enough current funds to install water lines for everyone.


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