7 additional leaks in Marion, KY water system

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MARION, Ky. (KBSI) – The city of Marion, Ky. is still working to fix leaks to the city’s water system. Marion continues to be under a boil water advisory.

The Kentucky Rural Water Association (KRWA) reports fixing seven additional leaks within the city this week. Since the leak detection mission started on July 5 the city is down to 68 gallons per minute flow during the overnight hours from the 230 gallons per minute flow rate.

The Reveal leak detection team is working alongside KRWA and has repaired more than a dozen leaks within the city. So far, they have completed their leak survey efforts across about 75 percent of the Marion water system. They will continue until the entire city is covered.

Those who have moved their water service to a well, are planning on using well water, or have tanks with stored water plumbed to their water system, are asked to seek guidance from Public Health on the risks and laws regulating this activity. There is also some information on the City’s Facebook page for testing water tanks with stored drinking water in them.

Crittenden-Livingston Water District (Critt-Liv) is back up and maintaining a 180,000 gallon per day flow to the city. This accounts for roughly 60 percent of daily usage.

Bell Engineering continues to work on interconnection possibilities between Caldwell and Critt-Liv water districts. Rough drafts of plans are being reviewed as outstanding elements are resolved.

Bottled water distribution continues at the armory in hopes residents will augment their daily use with water from the program. A permanent schedule was issued last week. It can be found on the City’s Facebook page. If you have health or transportation issues, contact City Hall to make delivery arrangements. Those who would like to volunteer to assist with bottled water distribution are asked to contact Danielle Duncan at (270) 704-3523.

BFW Engineering will be at Lake George next week to conduct further extensive geotechnical research. This work will determine the role Lake George might play in intermediate to long-term water needs.

The city is working with C and C Pumps & Supply on plans to start pumping Lucile Mine. This will allow the city to determine if the recharge rate is sufficient for use as a partial or full drinking water source. If there is sufficient volume, there are still some water chemistry obstacles that will need to be considered.

Marion remains under STAGE 3 water restrictions until further notice. A boiled water advisory and burn ban order remain in effect. For information on what stage 3 means and what do to during a boiled water advisory, go to the Marion’s Facebook page for information.

With water conservation and the efforts of the leak detection teams, the city has reduced its daily average usage by 38.5 percent since May. However, with little rainfall reported at the watershed, it is just as important now to remain committed to conservation practices.

Those who would like information on conservation strategies can apply to help conserve water. Reach out to the local library or the Extension Office.

Contact information:

City of Marion
217 S Main St
Marion, KY 42064
(270) 965-2266

Crittenden Co. Public Library
204 W Carlisle St.
Marion, KY 42064
(270) 965-3354

Crittenden Extension Services
1534 US-60
Marion, KY 42064
(270) 965-5236

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