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Heat, lack of rain affects drinking water

Posted at 10:56 PM, Sep 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-26 23:34:23-04

SCOTT COUNTY, Ky (LEX 18) — A staple in Scott County, Fava's restaurant has been open in downtown Georgetown for over 100 years.

It's a good place to gauge what's on the mind of the community, according to employees like server Celeste Phelps.

"Yeah we have a lot of regulars," she said. "It's a nice hangout place and it doesn't hurt that the food is great."

Lately, she said, she's heard a lot about water.

"I think I had like two or three tables that was like, "hows your water?""

Scott County, along with many others in Central Kentucky, is experiencing odor and taste changes in drinking water due to a stagnant Kentucky River, according to multiple water companies.

Phelps said she's assured customers at Fava's that their water is filtered and tastes fine, but its still on the minds of many.

"I had lunch in Frankfort today and I had tea and you could definitely tell the difference, said customer Dave Holzwarth. "Earthy is a good way to explain it. It just tasted funny but it wasn't alarming."

Companies like Georgetown Municipal Water and Sewer Service and Kentucky American Water have released updates to customers, assuring them that despite odor and taste changes, the water is safe to drink.

"Unfortunately mother nature is creating a bit of a challenge for us right now," said Susan Lancho, external affairs manager for Kentucky American Water.

KYAW customers most effected by the taste and odor changes are in northern counties, she said, including Owen, Scott and northern Fayette County.

Georgetown Municipal Water has asked customers to voluntarily conserve water at this time.

In Georgetown, water continues to be a popular topic of conversation.

"They say it's safe to drink so I trust them," Holzwarth said.

But Lancho said it will take a cool down and rain to improve water quality.