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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Oldham County water tanks were at their
lowest point in years, and residents were notified of a water
emergency, with fines to be imposed or service cut off for anyone who
waters a lawn or washes a car.
The county has barely enough water to douse a major fire, said
William Baker, assistant superintendent of the Oldham County Water
"If the tank gets low and there could be some fire, there'd be no
fire protection," Baker said.
The county's pipelines cannot supply water fast enough. A water
emergency was declared and the restrictions imposed Monday for the
district's 8,000 customers.
The situation is more severe in Lexington and eastern Kentucky,
the National Weather Service said.
And the Louisville Water Co. pumped a record 204 million gallons
of water recently, 4 million more than the previous high for one day.
Louisville had only 1.48 inches of rain during June and is almost
2.4 inches below normal for the year -- with most of the shortage
occurring in June.
Lexington and eastern Kentucky are drier than that.
"That's more like 5 inches below normal for the year," Lasher
said. "Oldham would be heading toward that."
Vince Guenthner, manager of government affairs for Louisville
metro government, which owns the water company, said the utility has
all the water it needs and is not asking any customers to conserve.
But many water companies have asked for conservation. Others, like
Madison County Utilities, have imposed mandatory limits. Residents of
Richmond can use water outdoors only on Tuesdays and Thursdays
through July 10.
North Shelby Water Co. has voluntary restrictions, but they apply
"We would hope that if we get some response from this conservation
effort, probably in a week or so we'd be able to lift it," company
manager Darrell Dees said.
"We've had really good luck in the past with this effort," said
Dees, whose company has recorded its driest June since 1982. "People
have responded well."
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