Amid water shortage, Kentucky city issues boil advisory

July 8, 2022 GMT

MARION, Ky. (AP) — A western Kentucky town has issued a boil water advisory amid a water shortage.

A statement from the City of Marion on Thursday said residents should use bottled water for cooking and drinking if possible or should boil tap water before using it.

“The boil water advisory is partly due to the high temperatures,” City Administrator Adam Ledford said. “Oddly, it is also due to the conservation efforts undertaken by our water customers.”

Both the temperatures and reduced water flow through pipelines has contributed to difficulty in maintaining safe chlorine levels, Ledford said.

The water shortage in the Crittenden County town stems from having to drain Lake George, the primary reservoir for the town’s residents and businesses, because of a levee failure.