Water problems in Bell County

BROWNIES CREEK, Ky. (WYMT) - Some families in Bell County say they deal with no water all the time, and when it is on, they claim it isn't safe to drink. People in Brownies Creek are asking for help.

They sent a petition to the Fiscal Court asking for water line repairs before winter weather sets in.

The water at Jennifer Wilson's home in runs slowly and many times not at all.

"A lot of times, it's out and when we do have water, it's full of air," she said.

She says the water goes out every week, which makes it hard to cook and bathe.

"Can you imagine taking a bucket outside, if you have a well that's still operational, filling that bucket full, going in, heating the water, and taking it in your bathroom and taking a shower with a cup over your head?" Wilson said.

Officials with the Pineville Utility Commission say the problem is the 14 year old low quality water lines. A plan is underway to make improvements, but it will cost nearly one million dollars.
The Fiscal Court has received some funding to get the project started, but not enough for all of it.

Bill Bunch with Pineville Utility Commission says, "The Brownies Creek project is a water rehab project that will replace some of the worst waterline in the highest pressure areas. Although the current funding isn't enough to fix everything, it will go a long way to making a much more reliable water system for Brownies Creek-Cubbage residents. The County remains committed to finding additional funding for the remaining work."

Wilson and others in Brownies Creek are asking the county to provide them bottled water until the work is done.

The Brownies Creek residents plan to attend a meeting with the Utility Commission on Monday, November 26th at 5:30 p.m.


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