Water Problems Should Be Fixed

Some good news for many Perry County residents, the water should be back on, at least for most of the people affected by a recent shortage.

It's been several days now since some areas of Perry County have had running water, but with the water back on for most, there are some other issues people should be aware of.

Some residents say their water stopped flowing as early as Thursday of last week and water officials have been working to get water to all areas in Perry County they say a boil water advisory is now in effect.

Paul Feltner is the Hazard City Manager, but for the last few days he has been managing the Perry County water crisis.

"We've made progress, we apologize that it is taking so long," Feltner said.

Feltner says leaks throughout county water lines and the cold weather freezing some lines led to the county wide water outage.

Officials say they spent Monday working on the last few areas of the county without water.

"There may be some higher elevated customers that are always last to come back on," Feltner said.

Now any part of the county that lost water is on a Boil Water Advisory.

Perry County schools were closed Monday due to lack of running water, but Superintendent John Paul Amis says they plan to be open Tuesday despite the advisory.

"We take in water for drinking, cooking purposes, washing hands, and sanitation purposes and things," Superintendent Amis said.

Amis says they tape off the water fountains so students don't accidentally drink the contaminated water.

Health Department officials say it could be bad for your health if you don't boil the water before you consume it.
"Probably would be limited to gastrointestinal problems but you can have typhoid tuberculosis. different things are transmitted by the water," John Summer said.

Officials say water should be back on for all of Perry County, but it may take longer to reach the higher elevations.

Officials say there are a few things you should know about the boil water advisory.

First they say the advisory means you must boil water for at least three minutes to kill all the bacteria.

This is for all water intended for consumption, that means water for drinking, cooking or brushing your teeth.

Activities like taking a shower are safe.

This advisory will be in effect until further notice at least 24 hours.

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