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City of Harrodsburg under boil water advisory

By: Angela Beavin Email
By: Angela Beavin Email

The boil water advisory is in place because of construction at the Harrodsburg Water Treatment Center.

Thousands in the area are under the advisory, and for some businesses--like restaurants--they're tweaking things a bit to stay safe.

There's no problem filling up a cup of coffee, or even fresh-brewed tea, but some other drinks of choice aren't available Tuesday at the Olde Bus Station restaurant in Harrodsburg.

"We had to empty all of our ice down here because its coming from our water supply and we cant use our fountain drinks at all," says Joe Cornish, who works at the local restaurant.

The boil water advisory is in place for the city of Harrodsburg, including the North Mercer Water District. The advisory took affect Tuesday morning at 7:00.

The Harrodsburg Water Treatment Center is building an extension to the plant, so they have to re-route a main water line. Erring on the side of caution, the district issued the advisory.

"We're not expecting any potential contamination. It's just a precautionary measure and it's always better to be safe than sorry," says plant superintendent Walter Bottoms.

While the restrictions take away beverage selections, the food Olde Bus Station serves stays the same, since any water used comes to a boil.

"With cooking, we already do that, so there's no real adjustments," Cornish says.

Crews working at the plant say they hope to have the water line work done by late Tuesday. However, the boil water advisory will likely be in affect until Wednesday night.

The state will have to officially lift the advisory when district officials say it's safe.

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