Water shortages plague Eastern Kentucky counties | Lexington Herald Leader
But in some Eastern Kentucky counties, authorities are begging people not to do that because of serious water shortages that have left many people with no water at all.
Perry County and Clay County have also had residents going without water.
Customers of the Manchester Water Department in Clay County have been experiencing water problems for more than a week.
Debbie Bowling, of Oneida in Clay County, said Saturday marked a week that her home had not had water.
Jackson said about 1,500 Clay County residents have had water shortages over the past week because of broken water lines and a drain on the county water supply as many residents kept water flowing in their homes to prevent frozen pipes.
“We’re in much better shape,” Jackson said Saturday afternoon.
As water was being restored to more and more residents, the water department asked that people continue to conserve water so holding tanks could fill.
Jackson said local government has distributed bottled water to many residents during the shortages.
If you have had freeze-ups before, and if you feel it is absolutely necessary to prevent freezing of pipes, you should reduce the flow from a single faucet to a slow continuous drip, but only during periods when water is not otherwise being used in the household.” City engineer Hank Spaulding explained in the post that “when a significant number of the 9,000 customers run faucets continuously, even at low flow levels, the resulting extra demand quickly exceeds the water plant’s excess capacity and rapidly depletes the system’s storage capacity causing outages.” Joe Tapio, who works for the city’s water distribution system, said Saturday that the situation is improving, but with a cold front on the way, that could change.
“We are starting to supply people,” he said.