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People worry arctic temps could cause another round of water issues

By: Michelle Heron Email
By: Michelle Heron Email

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) Just as things were getting back to normal after arctic temperatures caused water issues across the region, concerns are already growing that it will happen again.

“The system is back up and running, we’re not all the way back up to full capacity like we were prior to the first cold weather,” Hazard Fire Chief Sam Stacy said.

Stacy says we shouldn’t see any issues if folks don’t use water excessively.

“We has that you don’t run [your water] at full stream, you just run it at trickles to keep the water going,” Stacy added.

Chris Wagner owns Watergap Car Wash in Perry County and has been ordered by the city to be closed for nearly two weeks.

“That’s almost half a month, so the way this month’s gone, I’ve probably lost revenue in $15-20,000 already,” Wagner added.

January is typically one of Wagner’s top months in revenue and says if he can’t reopen soon, he could be forced to close.

“I’ve got four employees and they’re affected by it. It definitely hurts. That’s all we do is spray water and chemicals and clean cars,” Wagner said.

For now, Wagner is looking into legal options with his insurance company.

The Hazard city manager has lifted the boil water advisory system-wide.


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