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Water issues following power outages

As if widespread power outages were not bad enough, some Magoffin County Water customers are now experiencing issues with no water or very low pressure.

MAGOFFIN COUNTY – As if widespread power outages were not bad enough, some Magoffin County Water customers are now experiencing issues with no water or very low pressure.

While Salyersville Water Works supplies the water to the county, the county’s pump stations pump the water and refill the tanks, running water throughout the county. When the electricity is out at the pump stations and the tanks run dry, there’s no way to distribute water out to the customers served by those tanks until the power comes back on and the tanks can be refilled.

According to the Facebook post made by the Magoffin County Water District, this problem appears to affect a lot of their customers, especially in the Royalton area, but all 25 of their pump stations are currently out of power, as of Wednesday morning.

In another post, Magoffin County Water asked that people in the county water system to conserve water if they have it, using only what they need, to keep from draining the tanks before the electricity is restored to those pump stations.
Magoffin Water clarified that they are not intentionally shutting off water.

On a related note, Salyersville Water Works Chairman David Gardner said city, which supplies water to the county, is not out of water and will be able to feed those tanks out in the county as soon as the electricity is on to pump the water.

“Currently, in storage, we have 1.2 million gallons of water,” Gardner said. “This is not a situation of quantity. It’s just the county is not able to pump out the water to their tanks.”

As long as the power to the pump stations comes on in sections and not all at once, which is not expected, Gardner said they will be able to supply the pump stations the water to fill the tanks without depleting the source of treated, potable water.

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