Ashland working to fix water woes

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Associated Press

Posted on February 3, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 3 at 4:01 PM

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — Officials in Ashland are asking residents to conserve water as the eastern Kentucky city works to restore normal levels.

The Independent (http://bit.ly/1fSw5A7) reports more than 3,000 people had either no water or low pressure on Sunday as crews worked to fix new breaks in water lines.

"We are particularly asking people to conserve any water use that isn't necessary or being frivolously used," Bitter said.

City Manager Ben Bitter said that finding new breaks in the aging infrastructure has been frustrating as the crisis reached its sixth day.

"We are bringing together all of our resources, looking at engineering maps and people who have been in the water business here a long time," Bitter said. "We need to figure out how to get pressure off these pipes. If you shut down the pipes entirely, the whole system would lose water. We're trying to do a work-around to shut off valves and isolate lines, but that has not proven successful."

Bitter encouraged residents to let officials know if they spot any leaks in the system.

"If you see water flowing down the road, call us," he said. "Citizens are always the best solutions. We are really trying to get ahead of the game on some of these fixes."

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Information from: The Independent, http://www.dailyindependent.com

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