Last few customers getting water restored in Perry County

By Mitchell Grogg | 

Ary, Ky. (WYMT)- The only drinks Shirley Campbell sells in the service station she co-owns with her sister come in bottles and cans, preventing a water outage that lasted most of the past five days from affecting her sales.

Duane Moser, an assistant research professor with Desert Research Institute, collects water samples from the Las Vegas Wash in Henderson, Nev., Thursday, Oct. 18, 2007. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

While the outage did not affect her business, it did affect her at home.

"We can't take a bath," Campbell said. "We wash off with what water we've got saved up."

The outage began Monday, and with the exception of a break Wednesday, remained off Friday morning.

"I've just kind of gotten used to it now after it being out almost a week," she said.

Campbell is one of about 175 customers still affected by outages that peaked at 3,000, according to Hazard Fire Department Chief Sam Stacy.

"I think the mass outages this time was caused by the temperature dropping way below zero, and then, directly after that, within two or three days, being in the fifties," Stacy said.

Temperatures expected to drop within the next week do not concern Stacy, in terms of creating mass outages.

Abandoned and for-rent properties are also culprits to the water issue, Stacy said.

Those properties, when they leak water on the property owner's side of the meter, can deplete the water supply, noting one property that leaked about 200 thousand gallons.

He encouraged people to watch these properties and check for leaks.

A boil water advisory remained in effect Friday for customers who lost water service in the outage.

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