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Ashland lifts boil water advisory

Feb. 11, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

ASHLAND -- After two long weeks, the boil water advisory affecting more than 50,000 Ashland-area customers was lifted Monday, according to City Manager Ben Bitter.

"I'm more than happy it's over," said Tom Adams, a Boyd County resident who was without water for three days when one of several water line breaks in recent weeks hit his area. "I'm glad. It's the little things like using bottled water to brush your teeth."

The boil water advisory was lifted at 1:45 p.m., Bitter said. "We're back to operating under typical winter weather conditions."

The city had to call in several outside contractors and work employees overtime to help deal with dozens of water line breaks throughout the system that serves between 50,000 and 60,000 customers.

No cost estimates are available as yet on what the problem will cost the city. Ashland spent more than $100,000 on bottled water that was distributed free to residents.

Ashland Community and Technical College ended up closing four days because of the water problems. Some of the college's campuses also dealt with closing some evenings and half days, said John McGlone, a spokesman for the college.

"We're just glad it's over," he said. The college put signs over the water fountains. "It's affected our ability to serve lunch and the culinary program. We hope to have it back open (Tuesday)."

Rick Brislin, owner of First Stop Liquor, 1125 Winchester Ave., said the only impact on his business was an increased sale in ice that was brought in from out of town. "I was never without water at the house" on Bath Avenue, he said. "I ended up buying bottled water from Kroger's."



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