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Water leak repairs underway at Evarts Elementary

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

EVARTS, Ky. (WYMT) - Officials say repairs are almost complete to the Evarts Elementary water line.

The leak has caused some issues recently, but officials say it is almost back to normal for students.

Outside of Evarts Elementary, the ground is torn up while crews repair the water leak.

"Everything is going well. It looks like they're coming along good on their repairs," said Woodrow Fields, Chief Water Plant Operator.

Water plant workers noticed the school's water line had a leak and informed school officials. The Harlan County School District is making repairs and the water plant workers have provided some of the parts for the repairs.

While repairs are underway, the school water fountains are shut down due to a boil water advisory.

"The safety of our students is our main priority here at Evarts Elementary and for the district. If the water was shut off during the day, the students would be sent home," said Principal Jody Gilliam.

"The school system is providing bottled water for the students while the water fountains are shut down.

"We have plenty of water for the students," said Gilliam.

The bathrooms and cafeteria have running water.

Harlan County Health Department workers checked out the school and ruled it is safe. They say the school is following the proper procedure during the water leak.

Water plant workers say the leak repairs at the school will help the entire city.

"The water usage is down which is good for us and them," said Fields.

The principal hopes the water will be back to normal soon..

Some parents have complained about the water situation but none of those parents we talked to wanted to talk on camera on Thursday.

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