Many Owenton residents still without water

OWENTON, KY (FOX19) - Water has not been flowing in Owenton since Tuesday morning, leaving at least 2,000 homes and businesses without water. A busted water main is to blame.

Many residents have been dealing with the tough situation remarkably well. However, residents say that it has been tough to rely on bottled water that has been trucked in.

FOX19 talked with numerous Owenton residents, including Susan Acrey, to find out how life has been during the past few days.

"We can't shower, we can't cook," explains Acrey. "[We] have to carry water from somewhere to flush the commode."

Acrey has been drinking bottled water that has been trucked in from outside the county. The water is being rationed.

"You can go get two, I think it's two, gallons per household," says Acrey. "Two gallons is not going to do anybody any good."

Acrey's friend, Caynah Lindsay, has four young boys. She says life can be challenging.

"I have his bottles to wash. I'm like her," says Lindsay in regards to Acrey. "I can't afford to eat out, I can't afford to get a motel room to take a shower so I do what I can to get by with the boys."

Water does come intermittently, but it's usually just a trickle.

County Judge Executive Carolyn Keith has declared a state of emergency. She says she is concerned about people meeting basic needs.

"Proper sanitation as well as drinking water, drinking water of course is our top priority," explains Keith.

Owenton Fire Chief Rob Chaney says the lack of pressure in the town's fire hydrants is a big worry.

"My biggest concern is a bad fire or some elderly people who don't know we have water that's available," explains Chaney.

Donated water is being distributed at the Owen County Fairgrounds, Monterey Fire House, Jonesvile Fire House, Hesler Assembly of God Church, Poplar Grove Baptist Church and Owen County Electric Office. Plus, volunteers are going door-to-door handing out water to the elderly.

Customers who wish to fill containers with drinking water can fill them immediately at the Kentucky River Station water treatment planted located at 16035 US 127 at the Owen/Franklin County line.

"We have another plant in Owen County that was planned to be connected to the existing Owenton system in the next couple of months," says Susan Lancho. "Ironically, we're trying to expedite an emergency connection from that plant to the system here to add some additional water supply in the system."

Officials with Kentucky American Water hope to have the system fully restored in the next day or two, however the exact time remains unknown.

Residents are advised to boil their tap water until further notice.

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