Green Hills water issues continue

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

The Green Hills Water District in Harlan County is out of water again, and it may be out two board members as well.

The district's board hopes a vote on Wednesday will fix their problems once and for all!

The meeting on Wednesday will allow the three board members to vote on whether to hand the district over to Black Mountain in Harlan County.

But until then nearly 300 customers are without water again, and no one knows what is causing the water outage.

The water issues continue for Green Hills Water District and its customers, which many say is not a good way to start out the new year.

"My wife has got cancer. And it affects her activities and our daily activities very much," said Lloyd Sizemore, who is a paying customer without water.

Sizemore says buying packaged water is getting expensive and blames county officials for the mess.

"I am sick and tired of the politics and this playing around the way they're doing. They need to get this straightened up!" said Sizemore.

Board members, Ralph Turner and Ronnie Cook, agree with Sizemore.

They tried to resign just a few days before Christmas, but Harlan County Judge Executive Joe Grieshop stood in their way.

"We found out two days later, which was probably on a Thursday, that he did not accept our resignation that we needed to come back on board where we could vote," said Ronnie Cook, a board member at the Green Hills Water District.

A vote to decide whether to hand the water district over to Black Mountain.

"There's something happening to our water, and we need to find out where it's going. And we need help. That's the only thing I know to do is to give it to someone that's got more people to work and help because we can't afford to hire anybody," said Ralph Turner, the board chairman at the Green Hills Water District.

Turner says having one plant manager is just not cutting it.

The main water tank that Pineville directly pumps water into is about three quarters full, so board members are confused as to why people do not have water.

"I talked to Pineville earlier this morning when we found out we didn't have water, and they said we've used over three million gallons of water this past month. We're going to have a huge water bill," said Turner.

A bill that they do not have the money to pay for.

Board members say a merger between the two water districts is the only solution.

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