Water woes continue in Cumberland

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

The water woes continue in Cumberland! City officials said their lines are so old that they are losing a lot of the water they treat. And that has them concerned about keeping the water flowing.

Water, water, everywhere, but there may not be enough to go around.

"We didn't know it was this serious until recently," said Cumberland Mayor Carl Hatfield.

Hatfield said the city's aging pipes are leaking, rusting, and needing repair.

"The lines, a lot of them were put in during the 20s and 30s," said Water Superintendent Cecil Lockaby.

The concern now is that it may be too much to fix.

"This could prevent a lot of citizens from having water, even our add-ons, and the current citizens we have," said Hatfield.

Water plant officials said they lose about three-quarters of the water they filter.

Reuben Davidson is one of many people in Cloverlick who just hooked onto Cumberland's water.

"Had we known this, we wouldn't have spent three hundred dollars to put the meter in," said Davidson.

Davidson said if all else fails, he'll just get the water off the mountain like he used to or use his well.

"All I've got to do, is turn two valves to be back on my well water, which was good water," said Davidson.

Meanwhile city leaders have been called to Frankfort to discuss their water issues.

Harlan County Judge-Executive Joe Grieshop said the county has offered some assistance to the city to fix those water lines and that it may not be legal for the city to force customers off those lines.

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