Water woes continue for folks in Bledsoe

200 people have been without water in one Harlan County town for two days straight and off and on since Thanksgiving Day.

"We've had our problems but never this bad," said Obie York, a plant manager at Green Hills Water District in Bledsoe.

And more issues may be in the future for the Green Hills Water District.

"This is definitely the worst. It's been two days straight and off and on for the last week," said Christopher Sizemore, who lives in Bledsoe.

"We need to do something like make a discussion as a Green Hills Water System. Should we hold onto it, or should we turn it over to someone else?" said Ralph Turner, a board member at Green Hills Water District.

Budget problems, lawsuits, and off and on water outages have the water district in debt.

New board members are concerned about their finances causing more headaches for their customers.

"Not having water is like not having heat. It's a necessity. It's something that you have to have on the regular," said Sizemore.

A state of emergency was declared in Bledsoe and now Harlan County magistrates are helping out.

The Harlan County Fiscal Court is providing water for anyone in Bledsoe without any.

Filling up the main storage tank is the first step to getting customers the water they are paying for.

"I am very sorry. I apologize. I wish that we could better and help, and we are trying to do what we can do to give everybody water here in Bledsoe," said Turner.

Until then, board members say they are continuing to look for line breaks and leaks.

Officials say they hope to have the water running for their customers sometime Wednesday.


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