Laurel County Residents Asked To Scale Back Water Use

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

Clay County churches prayed for it last night and today rain briefly fell in parts of the region, but it's far from enough.

Officials have now declared a water shortage in much of Laurel County from Lily all the way south to North Corbin.

A little rain Wednesday night may have helped, but the reservoir in Lily is still forty inches and forty million gallons of water below what it should be. Water officials are urging people to conserve water.

"This time of the year, the worst I've seen," said Jim Sensabaugh with the Laurel County Water District.

Sensabaugh has been working with water for over thirty years. He says now with only about seventy days of water left, it's time for people to cut back on things that don't absolutely have to do like washing cars and watering the lawn.

"When they get to running the hose, that could be something they want back to drink," he said.

He hopes conservation now will prevent mandatory restrictions he says may be needed if significant rain doesn't fall in the next couple of weeks.

"That means it gets more stringent on the customers but we may not have to go to that stage," he said.

If widespread mandatory restrictions go into effect, places like Laurel Gardens could be in trouble. Workers at the garden center say they'd have to face penalties because they have no choice.

"Plants can't die, that pays our bills. We would have to use the water," said Chris Robinson with Laurel Gardens.

Water officials say we would have to get significant rain in the next few days for them to stop urging people to conserve water.

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