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Earlington Water Supply in Jeopardy

water 300EARLINGTON, Ky. (10/25/13) - Earlington residents' water supply is on for the moment, but the source could dry up soon. The city is currently delinquent with outstanding invoices of nearly $25,000 which is a total of two months' bills.

“Currently the water has not been shut off,” said Hopkins County Attorney, Todd P’Pool. “I represent the South Hopkins Water District, and them keeping the water on is out of good faith. The South Hopkins Water District has that right to deliver water service.”

P’Pool also told SurfKY News that if the city of Earlington does not pay its invoices soon, the water will be shut off.

P’Pool said he also sent formal notice to the office of the city’s attorney questioning the water rate charge for residents of Earlington. The rates are above and beyond the cost of $2.48 per thousand gallons while the city charges residents $14.35 per 1,000 gallons of water usage, he said.

The attorneys that represent the city of Earlington replied to P'Pool's questions via email, which he shared with SurfKY News.

The reply stated that city system loses between 32 and 57 percent of the water it purchases from the South Hopkins Water District. Their sewer system also gains up to 400 percent into its sewer system, which is pumped into the Madisonville sewer system.

Earlington's sewer system has been leaking for a long time and requires a very expensive repair the city hasn’t been able to secure funds for, the email stated.

Amber Averitt
SurfKY News

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