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Martin County Water To Propose Rate Increases In Face Of Outages

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MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (EKB) - As Martin County Water struggles to keep water on for its residents after a series of difficulties, East Kentucky Broadcasting has learned that the company may potentially ask for a 50 percent rate increase.

Joe Hammond, the business director of Martin County Water District, has reached out to Kentucky Rural Water for assistance to figure out exactly how much of an increase the company needs.

Before the official request can be submitted to the PSC, Hammond says they have to make sure their customers know the plan.

The county has been struggling with water shortages. Thousands of customers of Martin County Water District saw their water pressure decrease dramatically during last week's freezing cold.

Today, the company posted that they haven't been able to fill their tanks as planned. 

"We will be turning the water off in the evenings around 3 p.m. and turning it back on at 5 a.m.," reads a post to their Facebook page. " This will affect all areas from Buck Creek Mountain, Beauty, Elk Creek to OK Coral, Hode, Warfield, Lovely, Rt. 292 to Pike County line, Rt. 1714, Rt. 2032, Pilgrim, Meathouse to Pike County, Pigeon Roost, Wolf Creek and Emily Creek. We apologize for this major inconvenience but know it is necessary to avoid water outages for the entire county. This will be happening until further notice."

The company blamed the difficulties last week on weather, high usage and meter issues. The company released a statement announcing that they will have water distribution stations:

 In an effort to ease the burden of our customers that currently remain without water service, the Mountain Water District has organized two (2) water distribution stations in the following areas for customers whose water service has not yet been restored due to this cold weather event. Water will be available after noon today at the Dorton Rescue Squad building for the District’s customers in the Beefhide area who remain without water service. Water will be available after 1:30 PM today for the District’s customers in the Elkhorn Creek area who remain without water service at the Sycamore Volunteer Fire Department.

* The water provided by the District is in one-gallon jugs and there is a limit of ten gallons per household in order to have enough for distribution to those in need.

* We would like to thank our valued customers for their patience during this difficult time and assure you that we are diligently continuing our efforts to restore service to all remaining customers as quickly as possible.

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