Kentucky American Water Company issued a press release today at noon to address the growing problems associated with its inability to restore water service to the residents of Owen County after a broken water line was repaired on Tuesday. While the release says that "efforts continue" there is still no estimate of when water service will be restored.
Bottled water distribution centers have been set up around the county and large volume water supplies are being managed at a couple of locations, mainly the Hardin Station facility on the Owen Franklin county lines.
And while few doubt that KAW is working to restore the water service its inability to offer any more concrete estimates of how long the outage will continue to cause trouble for residents and businesses frustrates efforts to make plans.
People are uncertain whether they need to rent a motel room to use the toilet and take a shower. Traveling to laundries outside the county, particularly for families with small children, is a tremendous burden. Without a better idea when the water will return people are growing increasingly more frustrated.
Kentucky American says that it is trying to expedite the delivery of water from the new Kentucky River facility but so far nothing they have done in the way of predicting success has panned out.
Some residents near the plant say that water service was restored to their homes and that KAW workers then came and shut it off. Understandably, re-charging an entire county water system takes time and a lot of water, but four days after the break was fixed seems like plenty of time if the appropriate emergency plans were in place. After all, it's not as if waterline breaks in winter are completely unexpected.
More updates as they become available will be published right here. I am in direct contact with representatives of KAW and will give you more as I get it.
A county wide informational meeting will be held at the county courthouse at 5 o'clock this evening, for those interested in attending.