Officials To Vote On Water Restrictions In Clay County

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

Officials in Clay County will be voting Friday on imposing mandatory water restrictions.

The water level in Goose Creek River is higher than it's been in several weeks, but it's actually a new low for the city of Manchester. The water here is being pumped in from a nearby coal mine.

"It seems like it gets worse every day or so. You know we still have not got a significant amount of rain in the last several weeks," said Water Chief Operator Roy Gray.

Starting Friday, residents can use water outdoors only on Saturday's. Businesses are limited to Saturday's and Sunday's. Officials say they're turning off water for anyone who has a leak.

"And we contact them because that way, not only are we losing all that water, but they may not even know they have a leak," said Manchester Mayor Carmen Lewis.

Mayor Lewis says she'll have taps turned back on after residents contact a plumber. Indoor restrictions are next on the list.

"It can get much worse, and with no rain in sight, it's not going to get any better for the next few weeks," Lewis said.

Mayor Lewis says right now no penalties are in place for people violating the restrictions, but she says next week she'll be fining people who don't follow the new rules.

Officials say they're already looking at pumping in water from other sources, because water from the coal mine may only last a few weeks.

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