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No consumption advisory in Whitesburg

By: Samantha Saracino Email
By: Samantha Saracino Email

A diesel fuel spill in the North Fork of the Kentucky River has people who use the Whitesburg water supply under a no consumption advisory....again. Officials have been working to fix the problem since Saturday, but still have not been able to find the source.

Water is a hot commodity in Whitesburg these days.Those effected by the spill have been in and out of the Recycling Center and City Hall, stocking up.

"I'll come back and get drinking water when I run out and that'll be it until it's all over," said Danny Caudell, who came to pick up water.

This isn't the first time the area has dealt with a spill. Water officials are still testing the water...

"They sample in the river. They sample in the plant. Then they sample out in the system," said Jim Ward, Letcher County Judge Executive.

...trying to find what is causing the problem. In the mean time, businesses, like the Whitesburg Florist, are making some changes.

"We found out the water was not good so City Hall gave us some gallons of water and we're filling up our vases from that," said Lynn Day, co-owner of the florist.

Most restaurants are relying on bottled water for everything. At Pine Mountain Grill, a sign greets customers at the door explaining the changes and limitations.

Officials at Whitesburg ARH say they are also relying on bottled water, but are functioning normally regardless of the water situation.

TLC Daycare in Whitebsurg will be closed tomorrow due to the advisory. At this time, all schools in the area will still be open and go on as usual.

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