Waterline break leads to boil water advisory in Hazard

Cris Ritchie — Editor

October 30, 2013

HAZARD – A main waterline break in Hazard has been repaired, but officials say the affected area – which includes roughly 30 customers – will likely remain under a boil water advisory for the new few days.

City Manager Carlos Combs said officials discovered an issue when a pump used to direct water to one of the system’s storage tanks didn’t kick off Sunday, which it should have after the tank filled. Crews were dispatched to the area and determined the general location of the break, which was located in a line several feet underneath the ground between Fitz Gilbert Drive and Highway 80 at the Daniel Boone Shopping Center.

The break was repaired late Wednesday morning, though a boil water advisory issued earlier in the day has not been lifted. Areas affected by the advisory begin at the intersection of Ky. 15 and Highway 80 and include Commerce Drive, including the shopping center and Justice Drive, Apple Ridge, and Fitz Gilbert Drive.

Combs explained that water samples will be collected and sent off for testing to rule out the possibility of bacterial contamination. Once that is complete, the advisory will be lifted.