A state of emergency declaration has been announced in Martin Co. because of critically low levels of water at the Martin Co. Water District’s reservoir.
According to reports, the Martin Co Water District’s intake pump failed last month (August) and the district continued to take water out of the reservoir without replenishing it for more than a week.
The Lexington Herald Leader reported that water board chair Jimmy Kerr said the district spent around $100,000 trying to fix the pump, but was ultimately unsuccessful.
So they’re renting two pumps at a cost of around $18,000 a month and sinking deeper into debt.
The Martin Co. Water District has been pursuing what would be the year’s second rate increase, in a bid to stave off financial collapse.
The paper said Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is investigating the district’s management.