Knott County closer to having running water

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

Water is now flowing into the water treatment plant in Knott County, and that means customers should see water in their homes as early as Friday evening.

"I live on top of Big Branch Mountain. I got the water tank on my property, but that still doesn't do me no good," said Lorene Whitaker who lives in Knott County.

She hopes Thursday will be the last day she has to live off of bottled water.

"Very frustrating, you can't bathe at home, you can't wash your hair at home. I have to buy bottled water to cook with and wash with," said Whitaker.

Around 7:15 Thursday morning, crews began lowering a new pump back into the water.

It took a few hours, but before long everything was hooked back up and the plant had water flowing.

The plant is now treating the water and will begin filling the water lines and tanks, which will take some time.

"We have lost a lot of water over the days. It could have been a worse situation than what it has been," said Judge Executive Randy Thompson.

He hopes to have everyone back on line by Christmas Eve.

"This is the best Christmas present for us and the people of Knott County, that these people have given of themselves and their time to make sure these people have water," said Thompson.

And for Knott Countians, water will be the best Christmas present of all.

After crews replaced the first pump on Thursday, they began taking out the back up pump and will replace it as well.

Once customers do see water in their homes, they will be under a boil water advisory until further notice.

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