Water woes continue for some Harlan Co. residents

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

A section of Harlan County is out of water.

The Bledsoe and Big Laurel Communities have been dealing with ongoing water issues for several months.

The Green Hills Water District and Black Mountain Utilities District recently merged, but that has not fixed all the problems.

People who live in the Big Laurel Community say they have not had running water since Monday.

"I'm just kind of used to it now, and it's sad because I have gone back to the early 1900s way of living," said Sarah Hinkle who lives in Big Laurel.

She says the water issues had been getting better since the merger, but not anymore.

Misty Turner does not have one drop of water coming out of her kitchen sink.

She worries about her families hygiene and health during this time as well as how she is going to get clean water.

"Everybody right now is set on a fixed income. You got to worry about having to buy extra water," said Turner.

Turner says everyday life is harder with out this basic necessity.

"It's hard when you are the one having to clean house and boil jugs of water put in a mop bucket," said Turner.

Both Turner and Hinkle said they were hopeful the merger between Black Mountain and Green Hills would fix the problems.

Black Mountain officials did not return our phone calls for comment.

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