State, local officials to meet Monday on Marion, Ky. water shortage

A view of Lake George in Marion, Ky. on Monday, June 27.
A view of Lake George in Marion, Ky. on Monday, June 27.(KFVS)
Published: Jun. 23, 2022 at 3:49 PM CDT|Updated: 19 hours ago
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MARION, Ky. (KFVS) - State and local officials will meet on Monday, June 27 to work on a solution for the water shortage in Marion.

Lake George in Marion, Ky. is showed on Monday, June 27 as mostly dried up.

On Friday, the Marion City Hall shared an update on its Facebook page.

According to the post, the distribution would remain in effect for Monday and Tuesday, with changes expected after that.

That schedule includes:

  • Last name A-G - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 23
  • H-L - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, June 24
  • M-R - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, June 27
  • S-Z - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28

Pickup is at the Old National Guard Armory, 131 Rochester Ave. You will be asked to show your driver’s license when picking up water. The city said they’re asking for this water to be used for drinking and cooking purposes.

If you are not able to pick up water due to health issues, you can contact City Hall at 270-965-2266.

According to the city, its second water tank is ready for use pending final permission, which is anticipated as soon as Monday. They said permits were submitted to authorize the withdrawal of raw water from the Cumberland River.

They said that would allow the National Guard to transport and add as much as 80,000 gallons of raw water daily into City Lake to extend the supply.

Governor Andy Beshear discussed the efforts to address the shortage during his Team Kentucky briefing on Thursday, June 23.

He said he visited the city on Wednesday to meet with Mayor Jared Byford, City Manager Adam Ledford and other local leaders. They made two site assessments at Lake George and City Lake.

A follow-up meeting will be held on Monday.

In the short term, he said bottled water for drinking and cooking is being delivered to Marion.

“We are continuing to ask folks in the city to conserve water, because that will have the largest impact on prolonging the current water supply,” Gov. Beshear said. “I want families in Marion to know that the state is behind you, and we will stay with you until this crisis is solved.”

On June 18, hours after receiving a request from local leaders, the governor issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency for the city of Marion.

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