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HAZARD, Ky. (LEX 18) -  The City of Hazard has declared a water emergency after continuing to experience difficulties.

The city has been having issues with supplying all of its utility customers with water due to the extraordinarily cold weather conditions.  The City Manager has directed that the following mandatory conservation measures be put into place: 

1.   The use of any water for washing paved surfaces such as streets, roads, sidewalks, driveways, garages, parking areas, tennis courts and patios.

2.   The use of any water for ornamental purposes, including fountains, artificial waterfalls and reflecting pools.

3.   The private or commercial use of any water for washing or cleaning of automobiles, trucks, other motor vehicles and trailers.

4.   The use of water from a fire hydrant (including sprinkler caps) by a municipality, contractors or any person for any purpose, except:

       (A)   Firefighting; or

      (B)   Health protection purposes specifically approved by the health officials of   the municipality.

5.   The use of fire hydrants by fire companies for testing fire apparatus and for fire department drills, except as deemed necessary in the interest of public safety and specifically approved by the municipal governing body.

6.   The use of water for flushing sewers or hydrants by municipalities or any other persons, except as specifically found necessary and approved in the interest of public health and safety by municipal health officials.

As soon as reasonably practicable, a special meeting of the City Commission will be convened to consider ratification or modification of the conservation measures imposed.

Water system personnel for the City have located and repaired more than ten major waterline breaks during the period from December 27, 2017 to January 7, 2017 and incurred more than 1,500 total overtime hours during that same period to keep the system operational.  

The City wants to reassure its customers that all steps are being taken to prevent disruption of service and to restore service to all customers in the City and in Perry County.

• Call the City Maintenance Department by calling (606) 436-1863 during business hours or the Hazard Water Plant at 436-2033 at other times to report any possible waterline breaks in streets, public rights of way, or any other area.

• If you are the owner of a vacant property, please disconnect the water supply to avoid unnecessary charges or check on the property daily during cold weather to make certain that no leaks are ongoing.  During previous cold snaps, one abandoned mobile home accounted for a leak of 200,000 gallons of water before the leak was detected and stopped.  Another vacant apartment building lost more than 500,000 gallons of water before the leak was detected and the water was disconnected.  If you live in the neighborhood of a vacant or abandoned building and you see or hear running water or otherwise suspect that a leak may exist, please notify the City immediately at the phone numbers above.

• Conserve water during very cold weather, and do not permit faucets to flow continuously even if only a trickle.  If absolutely necessary, reduce the flow from a single faucet to a slow continuous drip only during periods when water is not otherwise being used in the household.  A continuous flow of water or even a trickle of water is unnecessary to protect water pipes from freezing.

The single most important factor causing the recent water outages for customers is the problem of the unnecessary use of water during periods of cold weather.  Homeowners should not run faucets continuously during periods of cold weather.  If you have had freeze-ups before, and if you feel it is absolutely necessary to prevent freezing of pipes, you should reduce the flow from a single faucet to a slow continuous drip, but only during periods when water is not otherwise being used in the household.  

When water reserves are depleted, outages will follow.  

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