Update: Morehead boil water advisory lifted, Rowan County still in effect

Published: Dec. 2, 2019 at 6:05 AM EST
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The Morehead Utility Plant Board lifted the boil water advisory that started on Monday and caused issues for schools and businesses.

Weekend rainfall and flooding caused a water emergency.

The boil water advisory is still in effect for Rowan County water customers.


Rainfall and flooding this past weekend caused issues in Rowan County. There is a county-wide water emergency.

Rowan County Schools are closed Monday, December 2 due to the boil water advisory.

“In the best interests of the health and safety of our students and staff, this water issue has compelled us to cancel classes. The officials at Morehead Utility Plant Board are keeping us up-to-date as to the status of this water issue. We will ensure that our students and staff are kept informed with our decisions,” said Rowan County Schools Supt. John Maxey.

to local restaurant employees and utility officials about the boil water advisory. Morehead Utility Plant Board officials said problems with chemically treating flood waters made the tap water unsafe to drink.

"People want to go somewhere where they can get soda," said Arby's Morehead General Manager Joshua Burriss. "If you can't offer them what they want to drink, they're not going to come here, and they'll go somewhere else."

The Morehead Utility Plant Board is working with the Kentucky Division of Water to resolve the issues. Once they flush the distribution system of the contaminated water, samples will be tested for two days to ensure its safety.

For now, if you boil tap water for about five minutes and let it cool it should be safe to drink. The boil water advisory is expected to lift in about 48 to 72 hours.

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