Feb 23

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Irvine Municipal Utilities (IMU) and the Estill Water District are asking all residents to please conserve water, only use water for necessities. Any water to be consumed needs to be boiled for no less than 3 minutes.

The water shortage is caused from everyone running their water to prevent freezing pipes. As temperatures went above freezing leaks and breaks have added to the demand of water. The water plant also experienced a three hour power outage on Saturday as well that also contributed to the strain on the system.

Currently there are 1500 Estill County residents without water and many more experiencing low water pressure. Please be patient and conserve water.

Simple ways to conserve water are:

  • Turn the tap off when you brush your teeth. Just by turning off the tap while you brush your teeth in the morning and before bedtime, you can save up to 8 gallons of water!
  • Take a shower. Taking a shower uses much less water than filling up a bathtub. A shower only uses 10 to 25 gallons, while a bath takes up to 70 gallons!
  • Fix that leak! If your toilet has a leak, you could be wasting about 200 gallons of water every day.
  • Fix that leak! If you pipes have frozen, check for leaks. Even if water isn’t coming from the tap it may be leaking under the house. If you have leaking pipes please turn the water off where it comes into the house.
  • If you feel that you need to leave water running to prevent freezing; only one tap is necessary at a drip, no more than a pencil lead.

Water conservation is always important, but with the winter weather the past week it has put a strain on the system. Please conserve water as best as you can. If you have leaking or busted pipes and need assistance turning your water off where it enters the house contact your local water office for assistance.

Irvine Municipal Utilities (IMU)

(606) 723-2197 Monday-Friday

(606) 723-2344 Weekend and Evening


Estill Water District

(606) 723-3795

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