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February 3, 2014

Setbacks complicate water service restoration in Greenup

GREENUP — Water levels were falling in a major storage tank and about 2,000 customers on the Greenup water system remained without service Monday morning, Mayor Lundie Meadows said.

Workers were trying to locate what Meadows believes is a major leak and the new layer of snow was making that difficult, he said.

Levels in the Greenup tank, the key storage tank for the system, started falling Sunday night at the rate of about six inches per hour, Meadows said, and that was with the water plant processing new supplies as quickly as possible.

That suggests a major leak, but finding it is problematic because snow makes it difficult to see visually. Repair crews were shutting off flow in certain areas and then reopening valves systematically in an effort to monitor flow rates and in that way discern the location of the leak.

How long it will take to repair won’t be known until it is found, Meadows said.

The parts of the system still without water were in rural parts of the system, including Argillite, Oldtown, Load, Beechy, and Maloneton.

Meadows pleaded for continued conservation by those who do have water service.

MIKE JAMES can be reached at mjames@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2652.

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