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Water outages on decline in Ashland

Feb. 05, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

ASHLAND -- Water line pressure in the Ashland water system is increasing, and the number of customers without service is decreasing, according to City Commissioner Kevin Gunderson.

However, the cities of Flatwoods and Greenup in Greenup County are experiencing low or no water due to line breaks in their systems. Water customers are being asked to conserve water. Greenup wasn't producing water Tuesday due to a main line break on U.S. 23, according to Greenup County 911 dispatchers.

"In the last 12 hours, there's been quite a bit of improvement," Gunderson said of the overall situation.

Ashland City Manager Ben Bitter said the main tank on DeBord Hill has been able to keep more water, helping with the pressure issues the city has dealt with for more than a week.

City officials agreed to bring in several outside contractors to help with the breaks, he said. "They've been in and out all day," he said. "We hope they can finish their work by the end of the week."

City water customers remain under a boil water advisory.

The city closed its water distribution sites and is working with the county to distribute water at the Summit-Ironville Fire Department at 252 Ky. 716. The site was open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The water is intended for homes that don't have water service, said Brent Webster, director of the Boyd County Emergency Management agency. "If you have working water, I ask that you boil it and use that water in an effort to conserve our resources for those that have no water," he said.

The agency Tuesday afternoon reopened a water distribution site at the senior center on Louisa Street in Catlettsburg, Webster said. "This is due to the loss of water in the Catlettsburg and Cannonsburg area," he said.

Disabled residents or those physically unable to get to the sites can call 606-739-0127 and arrangements will be made to get water to them, Webster said.

Water customers still can fill their own containers at the water plant at 4040 Winchester Ave., Bitter said.

The city has spent more than $100,000 and distributed some 700,000 bottles of water since the boil water advisory, Gunderson said. Boyd County also has spent about $35,000 for bottled water.

A break at a tank at the Federal Correctional Institution in Summit and problems with the Flatwoods distribution system have helped contribute to the water problems, Gunderson said.

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