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Waterline breaks causing water woes for folks in Buckhorn

By: Jordan Vilines Email
By: Jordan Vilines Email

Some folks in Eastern Kentucky say they are getting fed up with their city's recent water woes.

Since late July, customers of the Buckhorn water system in Perry County have been under several boil water advisories due to waterline breaks.

Orrin Gibson has lived in the small city of Buckhorn for years, but he says living there hasn't been so easy lately due to constant water problems.

“Its been an ongoing issue, they'll get the water fixed and they’ll end the boil water advisory and then do road construction, hit a pipe and then it starts all back over with any boil water advisory,” Gibson said.

Gibson says the water issues started in late July when the highway department began cleaning out ditches on highway 28.

“If they get into the water line and make a leak then you have to make a boil water advisory. The result has been that we've had about 30 days, not in a row but pretty close, of boil water advisories,” said Pat Wooten.

Pat Wooten says the boil water advisories come as a huge inconvenience for the institutions in Buckhorn like the school, children’s home and Buckhorn lodge.

Folks around town hope the on again off again water issues will be resolved after the highway construction is completed.

Wooten tells us that when a boil water advisory is issued or cancelled, Buckhorn water customers will receive an automated phone call to inform them.

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