Berea Utilities asks for water conservation efforts during drought

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BEREA, Ky. (WTVQ)- Berea’s water company is asking customers to cut back on water usage since drought conditions have depleted its water supply.

According to the utility service, it’s approaching the 160-day supply mark in the Owsley Fork reservoir. Assistant Director Kevin Howard says if it gets much lower, Berea Utilities will have to ask make a mandatory usage announcement.

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“We’ll go through town, monitor usage. If we see anybody that’s using water for non-essential use, that could result in disconnection of service,” he says.

Howard says in total, the lake levels have dropped around seven feet since early August. In many places, the lake bed has been exposed, showing dry and cracked earth.

Howard says at the moment, only non-essential usage should be cut back on, like washing your car and watering your landscaping.

He says it would take around three to four inches of rain over the course of a month to get levels back to where they need to be this time of year.