Evarts customers under water conservation advisory

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

There are more concerns about the threat of forest fires and the lack of water. Three quarters of the state's counties have moderate to severe drought conditions and there is no relief in sight.

About a month ago we told you about customers in Evarts without water due to a combination of things. Since then, many leaks have been repaired and though they are doing better, city officials said they are still asking folks to conserve.

Those who depend on water in Evarts are being told to use it wisely.

“It's been hot out here, it's been about ninety degrees and we are not allowed to fill our swimming pools, use sprinklers or any of that,” said Amanda Williams, who lives in the city limits.

This happened nearly a month after hundreds were without water. Officials said the lack of rain is a major problem.

“The water isn't there, the supply is not meeting the demand like it has been on account of the hot weather and of course getting into summer and the predicted drought that we are having,” said Evarts Water Plant Manager Woody Fields.

Since last month, leaks have been repaired, but the water they depend on from Mother Nature has not come.

City officials said they plan on digging one well deeper to find more water.

The mayor said that they want to make sure that the project and the repairs are all completed by August because they do have two schools in the district.

“Before the schools start back in and it really puts a burden on our water department we have decided to take one well and drill up to another 200 feet,” said Evarts Mayor Eddie Manning.

Manning said they hired officials from Kenviros Consulting out of Frankfort to do the drilling and assessment after getting several estimates.

“Geologists are telling us that there is more water deeper,” said Engineer Ken Taylor.
“Those wells are around 150 feet deep. The local people are telling us that they probably need to be 300 to 350.”

The mayor said he does not plan on asking businesses who depend on water to close.

“The water department is holding its own,” said Manning.
“We don't want any businesses affected of course, the car washes are open at this time and until we get to the point where we have to shut them down they will remain open.”

All of the work is supposed to be finished by mid-July and officials said it will cost around $5,000, compared to $40,000 it would have cost for a new well.

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