Water woes in Evarts city district

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

Around 300 people are without water tonight in one Harlan County community, of approximately 1,000 Evarts customers are being told to conserve what little they have.

Evarts Mayor Eddie Manning said the problem is due to a combination of more people being in town during the holiday weekend and firefighters using a large amount of water to battle a house fire.

“Water's gonna be shut off for a few days, you gotta have it,” said Chrescent Taylor, a Closplint resident who is without water.

Many who rely on water from the Evarts plant, like Taylor, are having to do without. The mayor said the holiday weekend was partially to blame.

“We had a combination of a lot of things, we had a lot of tourists in this weekend, both our car washes were going strong, a lot of people was up Monday filling their pools up, washing their cars,” said Evarts.
“Basically it was a supply and demand issue.”

Manning said a house fire over the weekend also helped drain the tanks. He said they have already spent around $600 on bottled water, but if the demand continues they will do what they have to give the customers what they need.

“We had drinking water to our customers before they even knew they were out of water,” said Manning.

Some said they are glad to get it.

“It is a good thing, I think it is,” said Taylor.
“At least they are trying, at least they didn't shut it off and not tell nobody.”

Officials said they accepted responsibility.

“We understand where some things went wrong on our end, that was something that we cannot do anything about, we will learn from it and make sure it don't happen again,” said Manning.

Now they are working on a more permanent fix.

“Our supply is not what it needs to be in the raw water side so the mayor and our magistrate and the judge executive are all in talks about getting a new well which would be another water source that would help in the supply and demand,” said Evarts Water Plant Manager Woody Fields.

Officials said they expect the water to be back on by Saturday morning, which would mean it would probably be Wednesday before the boil water advisory could be lifted.

In the meantime, those in the Evarts Water District should refrain from filling swimming pools, using outdoor water source or washing cars. It is also recommended that people reduce laundry loads and not take long showers or baths.

The mayor said anyone who needs a shower is welcome to use the Evarts RV Park showers which will be open all day and night for usage.

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