HAZARD—A number of customers with the City of Hazard water system found themselves with no water Monday morning, something the city manager said may be more frequent as the water system is upgraded this year.
City Manager Grady Varney said on Monday morning that water service was temporarily cut off for the Wabaco, Chimney Rock, and part of the Upper Second Creek communities in Hazard and Perry County. This was due, he explained, to work being performed on a pump in the area as part of the Hazard Water Systems Improvements Project.
“We’re doing a lot of improvements to the water system right now, so there will be some periodic outages while we’re replacing some of the equipment,” Varney said of Monday’s outage, adding that the water should be back on no later than 10:30 a.m.
Earlier this year, the city commissioners voted to approve the project, which would include improvements such as replacing booster stations with variable electronic controls to better regulate the water flows in areas prone to water losses, installing new master water meters, and upgrading the system’s telemetry equipment to help the city monitor and remotely control system operations. Improvements such as these would help the city better control and handle water crises like the one in January and February this year, where most of the county lost water for a period of time due to breaks in the waterlines from unseasonably cold temperatures.
The Herald reported in May that the city commissioners voted to raise water rates for the minimum amount of water a customer uses in order to help pay for the project.
Hazard City Engineer Hank Spaulding said the new equipment and upgrades could potentially pay for themselves in a matter of time from the amount of work it would save the city.
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