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City looks for new sources of water

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

Leaders in one Eastern Kentucky city are applying for a grant to make sure their water supply does not disappear.

City leaders in Evarts say this fall's dry conditions have not helped their decreasing water supply. Now they are looking for ways to solve that problem.

Even though there's water flowing everywhere, what is coming from the city's wells may not be enough.

"Just the water table period is going down. You can look at these small creeks, and there's hardly any water there anymore," said Burl Fee, Mayor of Evarts.

Fee said he does not want to scare anyone.

"By November usually it's charged back up," said Fee.

The city's mine water level is not where it is supposed to be. Fee blames that on the summer heat and the fall drought.

That is why the city is applying for a grant to drill two more wells, to make sure they have the water they need.

"Everything you do is very expensive from the geological surveys, to the tests you've got to run to get the wells approved," said Woodrow Fields, Water Plant Operator.

"It worries me that it gets that low because if we get up in the morning and do not have any water. We do not have any other water source," said Fee.

Fee said they have got to prepare now to make sure they can keep the water flowing.

"Because if it falls again, who knows it might not come back," said Fee.

Mayor Fee said the city usually tries not to use the backup well water. Even though it is drinkable, it can turn clothes red because of a high iron content.

The Cumberland Valley Area Development District is helping the city write the proposal for that grant.

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