Leslie County community pleading for cleaner water

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Published: Aug. 8, 2023 at 4:30 PM EDT
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LESLIE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Several people in the Yeaddiss community of Leslie County said they need cleaner water.

Even through filtration, the water reportedly comes out discolored.

“If you try to cook with this water, like a hard, like, dark brown film comes to the top and you can like scrape it out with a spoon, and any time this water gets heated up, it’s like, I don’t know, the chemicals are crazy in it,” said Leslie Countian Gardner Turner.

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Community members said they have tried multiple times to get attention from county leaders, but they said change is reportedly not in the works.

“We went and got a petition together once, and we got just about everybody here in the holler to sign it,” said Leslie Countian Scottie Shepherd.

Even with water issues, many community members are hoping to stay in the area.

”I’ve been here all my life, you know, right there, and, you know, I just like it, you know. It’s peaceful and quiet back in here,” said Scottie Shepherd.

The Leslie County Water District told WYMT they are working to get funding that would allow them to serve everyone in the county.