Marion, KY under water boil advisory, progress made toward fixes to water crisis
MARION, Ky. (KBSI) – Progress is being made toward short- and long-term fixes to the city of Marion’s water emergency.
The City of Marion has issued a water boil advisory for Marion water customers, effective immediately.
Marion City Administrator Adam Ledford says residents are asked to use bottled water for cooking and drinking until further notice.
“The boil water advisory is partly due to the high temperatures,” Ledford said in a news release. “Oddly, it is also due to the conservation efforts undertaken by our water customers.”
High temperatures that have made the system’s chlorine levels dissipate faster than usual have made it more difficult for the city water system to maintain safe chlorine levels throughout the distribution system. Conservation efforts by customers on the system have also reduced water flow through the pipelines, reducing the chlorine levels on the fringe of the network.
“This reinforces the importance of our bottled water distribution effort,” Ledford said. “We continue to ask Marion residents to use the bottled water for cooking and drinking. The water boil advisory applies if you plan to use tap water for human consumption.”
The boil water notice was issued, following a check of the chlorine levels Wednesday by the Kentucky Division of Water.
To help with a boil water advisory, bottled water is being brought in and distributed three days a week for drinking and cooking use. The National Guard has been bringing in tankers of water from nearby rivers and adding it to Old City Lake, which now feeds the water treatment plant. On Wednesday, private haulers are bringing in drinking water to the city’s collection well.
A channel was dug in Crooked Creek that feeds Old City Lake, allowing the release of thousands of gallons of water that had been blocked to raise the lake’s water levels.
The city is now receiving 144,000 gallons of water per day from the Crittenden-Livingston Water District through an interconnect with Webster County. This significantly increases the volume of water. The state took steps to ensure that even if the lake level falls, the city will still have water with the installation of a floating intake.
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